Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Five of the best novels about South America

Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez's new novel is The Sound of Things Falling.

One of his five favorite novels about South America, as told to The Daily Beast:
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel García Márquez

How original to include this one, you might say. But the choice is unavoidable to me. Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece redefined, through the prism of magical realism, what Latin America was to several generations of European and North American readers. Besides, it’s one of the most influential novels in the history of literature: without it, writers such as Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey, Ben Okri or even Mo Yan would have written very different books.
Read about another book on the list.

One Hundred Years of Solitude made Pushpinder Khaneka's list of three of the best books on Colombia, Michael Jacobs's list of the top ten Colombian stories, Simon Mason's top ten list of fictional families and Rebecca Stott's five best list of historical novels. It is one of Lynda Bellingham's six best books, Walter Mosley's five favorite books, Eric Kraft's five most important books, and James Patterson's five most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue