Spanish 101

It was announced recently that 2024 will see the publication of a new novel by Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel laureate who died in 2014. Our excitement that this manuscript had been rescued from the safe in which it has sat for a decade was only tempered by the fact that there is no news yet of an English translation…

For us non-hispanophones, there are still some great works available in translation. So in honour of the announcement, here’s a list of our favourite books, old and new, translated from the Spanish. They range from epic journeys across Mexico and Argentina to a post-pandemic future where eating human flesh has become the norm; from tales of the gothic and grotesque to the life of Simon Bolivar reimagined; from the isolation of the Spanish mountains to the brutality of dictatorships.