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Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia
CATEGORIES: Person/Place/Event

In what The Guardian describes as “Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America,” classic gothic horror comes to life in the pages of Moreno-Garcia’s New York Times bestseller. In 1950s Mexico, Noemí Taboada runs to her newly-wed cousin’s aid, only to find herself eyeball-deep in the secrets of a once-wealthy mining family, whose isolated country estate has seemingly no end of skeletons to reveal.

Pedro Paramo

Juan Rulfo
CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant

In the foreword of one of the translations of the book, Susan Sontag calls Rulfo’s novel “one of the masterpieces of 20th-century world literature.” Not bad for a book that was critically panned and sold only a couple thousand books in its first few years in print. If that’s not enough to convince you of the book’s brilliance, Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Márquez cites the book as the inspiration for his own masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. And Peru’s Jorge Luis Borges said… oh, you get the picture. Go read it.

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