Fernanda Melchor’s Gritty Dispatches from Veracruz
In a darkly humorous collection of stories and “crónicas,” the Mexican writer channels life in this chaotic port city.
The Complex Legacy of Brazilian Explorer Cândido Rondon
The general was an early advocate for Indigenous people—but reality has fallen brutally short of his ideals.
The Great De-platforming of the Mexican Intellectual
How the internet and the government conspired to drown out public discourse at just the moment Mexican democracy truly needs it.
Explaining Evangelicalism’s Uneven Political Success
A new book sheds light on why evangelical Christianity has generated greater electoral power in some Latin American countries than in others.
Mariana Enríquez’s Meaningful Monsters
An Argentine novel uses the supernatural to explore abuses of power in the country’s past and present.
Carlos Manuel Álvarez’s Dispatches Reveal the Real Cuba
Cutting through cliché and dogmatism, the Cuban writer’s new collection delivers a “masterclass in creative reportage.”
Is Alejandro Zambra a Genius—Or a Gimmick Artist?
A new translation of the Chilean writer’s debut novel raises the question: Does he live up to the hype?
A Guatemalan Classic On the Nightmare of Dictatorship
Miguel Ángel Asturias’s masterpiece achieved lasting fame by trading political specifics for tragic grandeur.
The Critics Are Coming for Roberto Bolaño
After decades of praise, some are souring on the late literary icon. A new book defends his legacy.
Book Review: Torto Arado
Itamar Vieira Júnior’s searing novel has captivated Brazil’s literary scene.
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America
A review of Carrie Gibson’s exploration of the colonization of North (and South) America.