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These Are The Best Books By Latino Authors From 2018

Let’s take a look at the best books published in English by Latino authors in 2018

I don’t know about you, but I’m interested in reading outside-the-box authors, and sometimes that means reading books from other corners of the world. If you’re like me, you might want to go ahead and read the following list because we’re bringing you the best books of the year in the Spanish language, by authors who come specifically from Latin America. Here are the best books by Latinx authors published in 2018.

The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán (Open Letter)

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Argentinian writer Rodrigo Fresán produced a masterpiece that has been hailed as his greatest work to date. This year, though, it was doubly celebrated because The Invented Part won the Best Translated Book Award in 2018. That means it was the best translated book in any language this year.

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The book is about an aging writer, disillusioned with the state of literary culture, who attempts to disappear in the most cosmically dramatic manner: traveling to the Hadron Collider, merging with the God particle, and transforming into an omnipresent deity—a meta-writer—capable of rewriting reality.

Mephisto’s Waltz by Sergio Pitol (Deep Vellum)

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Sergio Pitol is required reading for Mexicans. The legendary Mexican writer’s first collection was published posthumously this year, a few months after he passed away at 85 years old. This is his first collection translated to English, showcasing his greatest stories. Each story, selected by Pitol himself, offers a look at what made Pitol Pitol and showcases the evolution of his unique literary style.

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The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán (Coffeehouse Press)

Santiago de Chile is covered in ashes just when the remains of exile Ingrid Aguirre are set to arrive. The plane is redirected to Mendoza, Argentina, and her daughter, Paloma, will have to take a trip to recover the body and take it back to Chile in order to fulfill her mother's dying wish to be buried in her homeland. This novel dabbles both in the individual and the collective memory of a country that is not done digesting the traumatic experience of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.

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Tomb Song by Julián Herbert (Graywolf Press)

Julián Herbert is super hot in right now, and this was the year of his English-language debut with Tomb Song, an intimate look into his own, yet somewhat fictionalized, life. 

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In this book, Guadalupe Chávez is an aging prostitute dying from leukemia in a hospital in northern Mexico. Sitting at his mother’s bedside, Julián himself becomes the narrator of Tomb Song when he wanders through the hospital, from its upper floors to the morgue, guiding us through memories of his wayward childhood with his prostitute mother and half siblings, each from a different father. It is both an insight into his life and a portrait of a troubling Mexican society, from its corruption to its violence and dysfunction, also reflected in the characters.

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After The Winter by Guadalupe Nettel (Coffeehouse Press)

Guadalupe Nettel’s novel is too legit. Both ambitious and intense, the story explores how hard it is to have a relationship. A must-read in contemporary Latin American fiction.

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Claudio is Cuban, but lives in New York and works in a publisher. Cecilia is Mexican, but lives in Paris, while finishing her thesis. Can I make it any more obvious? Yes, this is a story about rendezvous and absences, searches and uncertainties, longings and sorrows, but also about living in a place different from where you were born. Where are really we from, anyway?

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Do yourself a favor and look for these amazing books at your nearest bookshop. It’s always nice to see what people are reading around the world. 

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