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To Walk Alone in the Crowd

Those familiar with Muñoz Molina’s more traditional works (In the Night of Time; Like a Fading Shadow) will be surprised, though not necessarily dissatisfied, with his latest offering. Relative newcomer Bleichmar’s excellent translation adds to the prize, despite the absence of the illustrations from the original.

The Twilight Zone

Fernández, 2017 winner of the prestigious Sor Juana de la Cruz Prize, delivers an emotional punch that never loses its strength, provoking responses ranging from anger to disbelief to sadness.

Best World Literature of 2020

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Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution

With their overriding theme of the search for justice and equality in an age of global unrest, these poems may never be more timely.

Ordesa

This stunning work of autobiographical fiction will appeal more to mature readers, who will appreciate its autumnal tone and the catharsis of a man seeking to extract meaning from his past, uncertain whether he has found it or even if he can. [See Prepub Alert, 6/3/20.]
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The Divine Boys

Although Restrepo (Delirium) gives this award-winning novel an effective structure and flowing text, the despicable characters and violent crime are major turnoffs. Heinous though the murder is, the author elicits little pity for the victim and offers no apology or explanation on the perpetrator’s behalf. Appealing to those readers for whom sensationalism and contemptible characters are standard entertainment.

Fracture

The fragmented and destructive power wielded by memory and trauma in developing one’s outlook on life, coupled with a two-pronged narrative technique for character development, makes Neuman’s latest a winner.
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Hurricane Season

Melchor’s English-language debut made the cut for the Booker International 2020 long list and employs a creative storytelling technique, but readers must be forewarned that its vulgar, raunchy language is not for the linguistically squeamish.
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Garden by the Sea

Rodoreda is possibly the most important modern Catalan novelist, and this availability to English speakers corroborates that well-deserved reputation. Though the book was first published in 1967, its aesthetic and literary qualities still hold up well.
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