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Is South American Literature Being Overlooked These Days?

We are all familiar with The Alchemist and One Hundred Years of Solitude, international bestsellers whose titles are repeated as mantras in any discussion about South American literature. 634 more words

A Literary World

Teresa de la Parra (1889 - 1936)

Iphigenia: The Diary of a Young Lady Who Wrote Because She Was Bored Summary/Response

I recently finished reading Venezuelan author Teresa de la Parra’s 1924 novel… 583 more words


Isabel Allende (1942 - )

Below is an excerpt from Isabel Allende’s 2008 Ted Talk “Tales of Passion.” Here, Allende speaks of stories and writing, femininity and feminism.

All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. 949 more words


Myriam Montoya (1963- )


 for Carmenza Prieto

There is in my blood an ancestral conflict

Reproduced in my children’s eyebrow arc

In the secret corner of their laughter… 196 more words


Mariela Griffor (1961- )

Child’s Eyes

People say that children see and hear things

they themselves cannot see or hear,

and this child breaking into

the room to hug and kiss… 227 more words


Clarice Lispector (1920 - 1977)

The Hen

Clarice Lispector

Translated by Elizabeth Bishop

(First published in the Summer 1964 issue of The Kenyon Review)

She was a Sunday hen.  She was still alive only because it was not yet 9:00 o’clock. 3,323 more words


Alfonsina Storni (1892 - 1938)


I never thought that God had any form.
Absolute the life; and absolute the norm.
Never eyes: God sees with the stars.
Never hands: God touches with the seas. 128 more words