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The Dark

by Sergio Chejfec & Heather Cleary Open Letter (October 15, 2013)

New novel from BTBA finalist about a man obsessed with understanding the working-class via a love affair with a woman.


The Planets

by Sergio Chejfec & Heather Cleary Open Letter (June 12, 2012)

A writer remembers his childhood friend, M, who was disappeared in Argentina's Dirty War.


Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry

by Alastair Reid, Michael Wiegers & Mónica de la Torre Copper Canyon Press (August 19, 2013)

A sweeping and exhaustive overview of contemporary Mexican poetry.


Talking to Ourselves

by Andrés Neuman, Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garcia Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

A searing family drama from one of Latin America's most original voices

One trip. Two love stories. Three voices.

Lito is ten years old and is almost sure he can change the weather when he concentrates very hard....


Forest of the Pygmies

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 01, 2014)

Once again Alexander Cold and his indomitable journalist grandmother, Kate, are braving the mystical unknown, this time in the heart of Africa. Along with Alex's friend Nadia Santos and a photographic crew from...


Kingdom of the Golden Dragon

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 01, 2014)

Reunited once more, young Alexander Cold and his best friend, Nadia, embark upon a new adventure, following Alex's frighteningly fearless journalist grandmother Kate to a forbidden kingdom hidden away in the...


City of the Beasts

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 01, 2014)

When Alexander Cold's mother falls ill, the fifteen-year-old is sent to stay with his eccentric grandmother in New York. A tough and prickly magazine reporter, Kate Cold takes Alex along with her on an expedition...


Ines of My Soul

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 01, 2014)

In the early years of the conquest of the Americas, Inés Suárez, a seamstress condemned to a life of toil, flees Spain to seek adventure in the New World. As Inés makes her way to Chile, she begins a fiery...


Portrait in Sepia

by Isabel Allende Harper (March 25, 2014)

In nineteenth-century Chile, Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that erases all recollections of the first five years of her life. Raised by her regal and ambitious grandmother Paulina del Valle, Aurora...


Daughter of Fortune

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 15, 2014)

An orphan raised in Valparaiso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, vivacious young Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Entering a rough-and-tumble world...


Paula

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 15, 2014)

When Isabel Allende's daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. In the telling, bizarre ancestors appear before our...


The Infinite Plan

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 15, 2014)

In The Infinite Plan, critically acclaimed, bestselling author Isabel Allende weaves a vivid and engrossing tale of one man's search for love and his struggle to come to terms with a childhood of poverty and...


The Man Who Loved Dogs

by Leonardo Padura & Anna Kushner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 28, 2014)

A gripping novel about the assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in 1940

In The Man Who Loved Dogs, Leonardo Padura brings a noir sensibility to one of the most fascinating and complex political narratives...


Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

by Isabel Allende HarperCollins e-books (April 27, 2010)

“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.”

Los Angeles Times

From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, the latest...


The Savage Detectives

by Roberto Bolano & Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 09, 2013)

New Year's Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala. Their quest: to track down the obscure, vanished poet Cesárea...


2666

National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2008

by Roberto Bolano & Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 09, 2013)

THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM "ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS" (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across...


Ripper

by Isabel Allende Harper (January 28, 2014)

Isabel Allende—the New York Times bestselling author whose books, including Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro, have sold more than 57 million copies around the world—demonstrates her remarkable...


Blood Tango

by Annamaria Alfieri St. Martin's Press (June 25, 2013)

It is the most dramatic and tumultuous period in Argentina's history. Colonel Juan Perón, who had been the most powerful and the most hated man in the country, has been forced out of power. Many people fear...


The Dark Bride

by Laura Restrepo Ecco (July 02, 2013)

Once a month, the refinery workers of the Tropical Oil Company descend upon Tora, a city in the Colombian forest. They journey down from the mountains searching for earthly bliss and hoping to encounter Sayonara,...


Where the Air Is Clear

by Carlos Fuentes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

My name is Ixca Cienfuegos. I was born and I live in Mexico City. Which is not so grave: in Mexico City there is never tragedy but only outrage. Thus begins Carlos Fuentes's first novel, unfolding a panorama...


Terra Nostra

by Carlos Fuentes & Margaret Sayers Peden Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

Terra Nostra is one of the great masterpieces of modern Latin American fiction. Concerned with nothing less than the history of Spain and of South America, with the Indian Gods and with Christianity, with the...


The Orange Tree

by Carlos Fuentes & Alfred MacAdam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

In the five novellas that comprise The Orange Tree, Carlos Fuentes continues the passionate and imaginative reconstruction of past and present history that has distinguished Terra Nostra and The Campaign. From...


The Old Gringo

by Carlos Fuentes & Margaret Sayers Peden Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

In The Old Gringo, Carlos Fuentes brings the Mexico of 1916 uncannily to life. This novel is wise book, full of toughness and humanity and is without question one of the finest works of modern Latin American...


Hydra Head

by Carlos Fuentes & Margaret Sayers Peden Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's leading novelist, author of The Old Gringo, Terra Nostra and The Death of Artemio Cruz, has produced what is probably the first Third World spy thriller, an action-filled, quick-paced...


The Good Conscience

by Carlos Fuentes & Sam Hileman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

The Good Conscience is Carlos Fuentes's second novel. The scene is Guanajuato, a provincial capital in Central Mexico, once one of the world's richest mining centers. The Ceballos family has been reinstated...


Distant Relations

by Carlos Fuentes & Margaret Sayers Peden Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

During a long, lingering lunch at the Automobile Club de France, the elderly Comte de Branly tells a story to a friend, unnamed until the closing pages, who is in fact the first-person narrator of the novel....


Diana

by Carlos Fuentes & Alfred MacAdam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

On New Year's Eve in 1969, a novelist in his forties meets the beautiful movie actress Diana Soren at a party and is fascinated by her oddly elusive charm. But in this novel from Carlos Fuentes, his infatuation...


The Death of Artemio Cruz

by Carlos Fuentes & Alfred MacAdam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, the all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed and, in dreamlike flashes, recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the...


The Crystal Frontier

by Carlos Fuentes & Alfred MacAdam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

The nine stories comprising The Crystal Frontier, a brilliant work of fiction from Carlos Fuentes, all concern people who in one way or another have had something to do with, or still are part of, the family...


Constancia and Other Stories for Virgins

by Carlos Fuentes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

Renowned as a novelist of unsurpassed invention, Carlos Fuentes here presents his second collection of stories to appear in English. Where his first, Burnt Water, published in 1980, had as its underlying theme...


Christopher Unborn

by Carlos Fuentes & Alfred MacAdam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

This inspired novel, Christopher Unborn, is narrated by the as yet unborn first child to be born on October 12, 1992, the five hundredth anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America; his conception and birth...


A Change of Skin

by Carlos Fuentes & Sam Hileman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

First published in 1968, Carlos Fuentes's controversial novel A Change of Skin tells the story of four persons who drive from Mexico City to Veracruz one Palm Sunday. The Driver of the car is Franz, an ex-Nazi,...


Burnt Water

by Carlos Fuentes & Margaret Sayers Peden Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

In Burnt Water by Carlos Fuentes, the rich and the poor, the noble and the brutish, and street kids and aesthetes find themselves portrayed in twelve short stories examining the life of Mexico City.


Aura

by Carlos Fuentes & Lysander Kemp Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

This eBook edition of Carlos Fuentes' novel includes only the English translation by Lysander Kemp. The Spanish text is not included.

Felipe Montero is employed in the house of an aged widow to edit her deceased...


Maya's Notebook

by Isabel Allende Harper (April 23, 2013)

Maya’s Notebook is a startling novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende.

 

This contemporary coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her...


The Third Reich

by Roberto Bolano & Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 22, 2011)

On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing...


Ways of Going Home

by Alejandro Zambra & Megan McDowell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 08, 2013)

Alejandro Zambra's Ways of Going Home begins with an earthquake, seen through the eyes of an unnamed nine-year-old boy who lives in an undistinguished middleclass housing development in a suburb of Santiago,...


Woes of the True Policeman

by Roberto Bolano & Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2012)

Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author's death in 2003, Woes of the True Policeman is Roberto Bolaño's last, unfinished novel.

The novel follows Óscar Amalfitano—an exiled Chilean university professor...


Adam in Eden

by Carlos Fuentes, Alejandro Branger & Ethan Shaskan Bumas Dalkey Archive Press (January 08, 2013)

In this comic novel of political intrigue, Adam Gorozpe, a respected businessman in Mexico, has a life so perfect that he might as well be his namesake in the Garden of Eden—but there are snakes in this Eden...


Almost Never

by Daniel Sada & Katherine Silver Graywolf Press (April 10, 2012)

"Of my generation I most admire Daniel Sada, whose writing project seems to me the most daring." —Roberto Bolaño

This Rabelaisian tale of lust and longing in the drier precincts of postwar Mexico introduces...


The Dream of the Celt

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 05, 2012)

A subtle and enlightening novel about a neglected human rights pioneer by the Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa

In 1916, the Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the British government for treason....


Traveler of the Century

by Andrés Neuman, Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garcia Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

Searching for an inn, the enigmatic traveler Hans stops in a small city on the border between Saxony and Prussia. The next morning, Hans meets an old organ-grinder in the market square and immediately finds...


Who Killed Palomino Molero?

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Alfred MacAdam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

This wonderful detective novel is set in Peru in the 1950s. Near an Air Force base in the northern desert, a young airman is found murdered. Lieutenant Silva and Officer Lituma investigate. Lacking a squad car,...


The Time of the Hero

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Lysander Kemp Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

The action of The Time of the Hero, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa's first novel, takes place at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, Peru. There, four angry cadets who have formed an inner...


The Storyteller

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen Lane Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

At a small gallery in Florence, a Peruvian writer happens upon a photograph of a tribal storyteller deep in the jungles of the Amazon. He is overcome with the eerie sense that he knows this man...that the storyteller...


The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Alfred MacAdam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is an astute psychological portrait of a modern revolutionary and a searching account of an old friend's struggle to understand him. First published in English in 1986, the novel...


The Perpetual Orgy

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen Lane Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

The Perpetual Orgy is Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant analysis of Gustav Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary. In this remarkable book, "we not only enjoy a dazzling explication, but experience a master discoursing...


The Feast of the Goat

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of l961, when the capital was still...


The Cubs and Other Stories

by Mario Vargas Llosa Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

The Cubs and Other Stories is Mario Vargas Llosa's only volume of short fiction available in English. Vargas Llosa's domain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life's dramas play themselves out on...


Death in the Andes

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

Set in an isolated, rundown community in the Peruvian Andes, Vargas Llosa's novel tells the story of a series of mysterious disappearances involving the Shining Path guerrillas and a local couple performing...