Best Spanish-language books of the past 25 years?

At El País they asked 50 critics, writers, and booksellers to name the best books written in Spanish over the past quarter of a century, and they’ve now published the list (as a slideshow …) here.

A lot of the usual suspects, and fortunately many of these are available in English already.

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Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize is limited to fiction written in English, but now that it’s open to writers from anywhere (it used to be limited to more or less those from the Commonwealth) the contenders tend to be from a greater variety of places, making it a more international award.

They’ve now announced that this year’s prize goes to The Sellout (by Paul Beatty). Continue reading

2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

Yes, I was just the tiniest bit worried that the new Nobel laureate would be a writer of fiction that I had somehow missed and not included in my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction. Well, I didn’t include him — but then he isn’t known for his fiction: they’ve announced that the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature will be awarded to … Bob Dylan.