Venezuela: Cancer and Hypochondria

I would have expected to find a lot of books from Venezuela, but that was not the case. After looking up books online I quite easily found The Sickness by Alberto Barrera Tyszka, so I bought it. No other reason behind it really. Although, it is most definitely a different kind of book from what … Continue reading Venezuela: Cancer and Hypochondria

Uruguay: Gloomy Sadness of Slow Despair

I have been very lucky with finding books from South America, but then strangely I had problems finding a single book from Uruguay. I have learned to be happy about getting my hands on even one single book from a country, because in the end that is what I need. I finally found Past Caring? … Continue reading Uruguay: Gloomy Sadness of Slow Despair

Suriname: Sugar and Slavery

This small South American country has always been a bit of mystery to me. I rarely hear anything about it. Pretty much the only thing I know about the country is the dark Dutch history with its slaves and sugar plantations. It does therefor not surprise me that the one book set in Suriname is … Continue reading Suriname: Sugar and Slavery

Panama: Moving to the US

I had a hard time finding a book from Panama. I started expanding my search and found Cristina Henriquez, who technically is American, so that is why I had not recognized her earlier during my search. This is however the closest I got to authentic Panama. Her father immigrated from Panama, and her mother is … Continue reading Panama: Moving to the US

Peru: Typical South American Confusion

Set in between the desert and the jungle in northwest Peru The Green House by  Mario Vargas Llosa is in many way a gritty story written in such a South American way. Religion, power, indigenous people, civilization, good and evil are all part of this twisted story. Two native girls are kidnapped by soldiers and … Continue reading Peru: Typical South American Confusion

Paraguay: Rulers Rule with Language

I wanted to find a book about normal people lving their lives in a city or on the countryside in Paraguay, but I was not that lucky. Since I try to avoid magical realism I ended up reading I, the Supreme by Augusto Roa Bastos. It is a historical fiction book about José Gaspar Rodríguez … Continue reading Paraguay: Rulers Rule with Language

Nicaragua: Adam, Eve, and the First Sin

I tried to look for books set in Nicaragua, written by a local author, but luck was not on my side. The search for all this books is frustration at times, but then again it is part of the fun researching literature in all the countries. Sometimes it really bugs me when I know there … Continue reading Nicaragua: Adam, Eve, and the First Sin

Mexico: Old Traditions

I did not really know what I wanted to read from Mexico. I just knew that I did not want to read magical realism. There was however a book I have been meaning to read for a while, so why not now. Like water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel has gotten a lot of attention, … Continue reading Mexico: Old Traditions

Honduras: Try to Find a Stronger Woman, I Dare You!

Women - strong and independent figures in nonfiction are absolutely fantastic! When we are talking about a woman from a macho country like Honduras working in a manly field, and not only that - she is working for the peasants and their rights, then we are talking about one of the strongest women ever!  Don't … Continue reading Honduras: Try to Find a Stronger Woman, I Dare You!

Guatemala: Fascinating People in a Troubled Land

My one wish when I started looking for a book from Guatemala was that the book would have nothing to do with magical realism. I was lucky enough to find the wonderful Rites: A Guatemalan Boyhood by Victor Perera, which is a memoir about growing up as a Jewish boy in the violent country of … Continue reading Guatemala: Fascinating People in a Troubled Land