Category Archives: Spanish

A Birthday Tribute to Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina

Poems, Enigmas and Ironies Jorge Luis Borges the Argentine writer was born August 24, 1899. This year, on the occasion of his 112th birthday, there were celebrations in Buenos Aires and Google honored the writer with their custom homepage logo. … Continue reading

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Sorghum Justice: Murder and Vengeance in Mexico

As he enters the ripening sorghum field, Ramón sees an unclothed girl lying face down her own blood. He takes off his shirt to place it over the girl’s nakedness. He approaches closely: he recognizes her face; it is Adela his … Continue reading

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Mexican Detective Cabrera Listens to Cumbia

In the fictional world created by Martin Solares: Detective Ramón Cabrera parked his car and walked into the Paracuán police headquarters. He went directly to the chief’s office and opened the door. As soon as he entered the office he … Continue reading

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A Romantic Telenovela Brings Drug Queen to TV

The Queen of the South is Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s epic novel of drug running, murder and intrigue. It is one of my favorite Spanish language novels. I read it several years ago, but decided to reread when I heard … Continue reading

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Blue Dogs in my Dreams

Eyes of a blue dog is a collection of 14 short stories by the Colombian Nobel Prize winner Garcia Marquez, who is best-known in the US for his novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time … Continue reading

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Summertime Reading Don Quixote

A couple of years ago, my reading project for the summer vacation was the complete Don Quijote de la Mancha, 1,100 pages—well, sometime after Labor Day, when schools had restarted after summer vacation, it was high time for me to … Continue reading

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Image & Reality:Don Quixote and Sancho

My introduction to the legendary Don Quixote was similar to that of many American children. From the local library, I checked out the Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics edition: Don Quixote from La Mancha by Judge Parry. This great illustrated re-telling … Continue reading

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Kidnapping and Beekeeping in Buenos Aires

I found this entry about an unusual Argentine crime novel in my travel blog. Hotel Art in Buenos Aires is a short walk from the Santa Fe Ave. shopping district—what better place to look for some reading material. I was … Continue reading

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Creepy Jungle Adventure in Haiti

Scientific Note: The frog, Eleutherodactylus sanguineus, was identified by the authority Lynch in 1998. It is endemic to Colombia and has not been verified to exist in Haiti. Its natural habitats are in the subtropics or tropics. It is found … Continue reading

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Chile Discovers an Unlikely Detective

Chile, the birthplace of Nobel poet Pablo Neruda and setting for Chilean novelist Isabel Allende’s famous novel The House of the Spirits, Casa de los espiritus, is also home to the detective fiction of Roberto Ampuero, who created the unlikely … Continue reading

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