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Best World Literature 2019


A Dream Come True: The Collected Stories of Juan Carlos Onetti

The haunting yet engaging stories in this comprehensive collection will expose Onetti to a much broader readership than has heretofore existed.

The Mutations

In his first work, young Mexican writer Comensal creates markedly credible characters and instills a vein of humor with a cussing parrot and Ramón’s clueless and self-absorbed adolescent children. But this book remains a chilling reminder of the suffering, both physiological and psychological, that cancer patients and their families endure. For those who have cared for a cancer patient or have been victims themselves, it hits very close to home, reminding many that its gravity trumps humor.

The Scent of Buenos Aires: Stories by Hebe Uhart

These stories cover a broad spectrum of situations and will appeal to a wide range of readers. A remarkable introduction to one of the unsung women writers of Argentine letters.

Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead

More than an offbeat and dark detective work, this latest from Man Booker Prize–winning and National Book Award finalist Tokarczuk combines ecological and social issues with disturbing images and great characterizations. Fans of this genre will likely be caught off guard when the surprise identity of the murderer is ultimately exposed, as the author lays down very few clues. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

This Is Not America: Stories

Puntí here expands his English-language repertoire with a compilation commissioned (and in some cases rewritten) between 2000 and 2016, deriving its title from a 1985 song by David Bowie and Pat Metheny. The wry humor makes it an appropriate introduction to the works of a rising Iberian writer.

Berta Isla

With his typical serpentine, digressive phraseology; reflexive posing; and intertextual incorporation of English authors (T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, and, of course, William Shakespeare), Marías succeeds in creating his own fictional world, though an unexpected recognition scene is somewhat far-fetched. In all, he continues to validate his well-deserved global reputation. [See Prepub Alert, 22/18/19.]

The Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience, Nocilla Lab

Readers of Borges, Cortázar, or Vila-Matas, all acknowledged in the text, will embrace the unconventional narration; for others it may be an original yet challenging reading experience.

The Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream; Nocilla Experience; Nocilla Lab

Readers of Borges, Cortázar or Vila-Matas, all acknowledged in the text, will embrace the unconventional narration; for others it may be an original yet challenging experience. Its publication marks the first appearance of all three volumes in English in the United States. [See Prepub Alert, 7/19/18.]

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