“Best” 100 Novels in Spanish
As the XIII Congreso de las academias de la lengua (“Conference of the Academies of the Spanish Language”) and the IV Congreso Internacional de la Lengua Española (“International Conference of the Spanish Language”) wrapped up last week, the Colombian magazine Semana published a ranked list of the 100 best Spanish-language novels of the last 25 years. The publication, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, surveyed 81 Spanish and Latin American experts—editors, writers, literary critics, journalists, etc.—to compile the list as a special homage to the Spanish language. Gabriel García Márquez’s El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera) heads up the list, followed by Mario Vargas Llosa’s La fiesta del chivo (The Feast of the Goat), and Roberto Bolaño’s Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives) and 2666, which hold third and fourth place, respectively.
For the complete list, go to http://www.semana.com/wf_InfoArticulo.aspx?idArt=101793.