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Can anyone recommend wonderful female authors from South America?

Can anyone recommend wonderful female authors from South America?
I have already read everything by Isabel Allende and much of Gabriela Mistral. Now I want to read someone different.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

ladykhalia
4 years ago

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Try Clarice Lispector (she also has the following pen names: Helen Palmer, Tereza Quadros, Ilka Soares). I've only ever read her in Portuguese, but she was phenomenal...hopefully, she will comer across well in translation (if you don't read Portuguese)
Rebel Sun
4 years ago
Thank you so much for your contribution, Rebel Sun.
ladykhalia
4 years ago
From Mexico rather than South America, but yu might like to try Angeles Mastretta. Her book Women with Big Eyes is available in a handsome bilingual edition,
Margaret H.
2 years ago
Margaret, I have concluded that I do need to devour this author because she has been presented to me once before. Thank you for your suggestion.
ladykhalia
2 years ago
There are also three older authors from South America, Flora Tristan (who had such an exciting life that it's a wonder she survived), Clorinda Matto de Turner, and Juana Manuela Gorritti (I may have given the latter too many of r or t). There are English translations of at least one book by each of them. Maybe you've already read Laura Esquivel from Mexico, who wrote Like Water for Chocolate, but other good books as well. Guadalupe Loaeza and Elena Poniatowska, also from Mexico, write good fiction and nonfiction, but I don't know if there's much of their work translated.
Margaret H.
2 years ago
Wonderful!! We share similar literary tastes.( smile) I own Frida Kahlo: The Camera Seduced,a book of Frida Kahlo photographs that includes a memoir written by Elena Poniatowska. ( I received Here's to You, Jesusa about a year ago.) All of these authors, in my conviction, can be found at the library. I belong to three library systems and plus, there are alternate ways of getting these books. Thank you for your continued contribution.
ladykhalia
2 years ago
How could I have forgotten: Sor Juan Ines de la Cruz, especially the poetry. Sad to say, my powers of concentration are not enough to sustain me through the dramas, though they may be just as good. Also, contained in (I think) her reply to the Bishop of Puebla, about why she wasn't more docile and ladylike, she has a long passage about how she came to go to school in the first place - followed her older sister and then lied that her mother had sent her, too, as she was DETERMINED to learn to read. Sounds like a potential BookMooch member, no?
Margaret H.
2 years ago
Given your inscription of Sor Juana, I would be delighted to read her poetry. ( Although I would choose to be a courtesan over a nun in any era, to be truthful.) Yes, why not more docile and ladylike? Because wrapped up in habit, I don't need any more restriction. Yes, women in all realms have to contend with the battle of expression. So sad many of us have to battle. Slaughter when the privilege is not allowed.
ladykhalia
2 years ago
Do give Sor Juana a try, Before she became a nun (so she'd have time to read, is one theory), she was a favorite of the Viceroy's wife at the court in Mexico City, so most of her earlier poetry is very secular indeed. The one that apparently all Mexican schoolchildren have to learn, is "Hombres necios que acusais.." which takes men to task for continually importuning women to love them, then, having done the deed, turning around and saying 'Ooh, what a harlot!' {Bad gringo paraphrase} There's a big biography of her by famous Mexican poet Octavio Paz, available in a good English translation - lots of detail about her life and the world that surrounded her in the 1600s..
Margaret H.
2 years ago
You are invaluable, Margaret. Feel free to exchange ideas with me any time. Since you have given me numerous suggestions for superb writers, which of the global regions has a surplus of authors that you relish? For me, it is Latin America. For deeper specifics, I adore Isabel Allende, Gabriela Mistral and Carlos Fuentes. To me, they are utterly delectable in style and substance. Please share, what part of the world resonates with you?
ladykhalia
2 years ago
I've just sent you an email, so as not to use up all the space in the forum with my personal preferences.
Margaret H.
2 years ago

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