50 Good Books About Mexico, Central and South America

 

What originally drove me to live in Latin America wasn't the sex, sun and salsa. Rather, it was a fascination with the politics, culture and society in this part of the world.

 

My interest started in university with a socioeconomics course. Insufferable Marxist indoctrination aside, it was an engaging class and responsible for igniting my enthusiasm for Latin America. I probably never would have bothered to take the jump to live in LATAM if I hadn't taken the class.

 

Credit where credit's due.

 

Since then, I've probably read over 100 books covering almost every country in the region (aside from the more obscure ones, like Suriname, Guyana and French Guyana - I don't know anything about these places...even though my grandfather lived in Suriname).

 

In no particular order, here are some of the more interesting titles that I remember, both fiction and non-fiction, from Latin American authors and non-Latin American authors. 

 

 

50 Good Books About Mexico, Central and South America

***For more information about each book, click on the title link or the photo

 

 

The Missing Year Of Juan Salvatierra - Pedro Mairal

 

 

 

 

 

The Old Gringo - Carlos Fuentes

 

 

 

 

 

The President -  Miguel Ángel Asturias

 

 

 

 

 

Down The Rabbit Hole - Juan Pablo Villalobos

 

 

 

 

 

Nostromo - Joseph Conrad

 

 

 

 

 

A History Of Violence - Oscar Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

America South - Jesse Myner

 

 

 

 

 

At The Devil's Table - William C. Rempel

 

 

 

 

 

City Of God - Gil Cuadros

 

 

 

 

 

Wolf Boys - Dan Slater

 

 

 

 

 

El Sicario - Charles Bowden

 

 

 

 

 

Gangster Warlords - Ioan Grillo

 

 

 

 

 

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium - Mark Kurlansky

 

 

 

 

 

Killing Pablo - Mark Bowden

 

 

 

 

 

Narconomics: How To Run A Drug Cartel - Tom Wainwright

 

 

 

 

 

Send More Idiots - Tony Perez-Giese

 

 

 

 

Señor Vivo And The Coca Lord - Louis de Bernieres

 

 

 

 

Shantytown - Cesar Aira

 

 

 

 

Sofrito - Phillippe Diederich

 

 

 

 

Tales From The Town Of Widows - James Cañón

 

 

 

 

 

Tequila Oil - Hugh Thomson

 

 

 

 

 

The Cocaine Diaries - Paul Keany w/ Jeff Farrell

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Animal - Pedro Juan Gutierrez

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Bride - Laura Restrepo

 

 

 

 

 

Marching Powder - Rusty Young

 

 

 

 

 

The Gringo Trail - Mark Mann

 

 

 

 

 

Brazillionaires - Alex Cuadros

 

 

 

 

 

Nemesis - Mischa Glenny

 

 

 

 

 

Rage - Sergio Bizzio

 

 

 

 

 

Mad Outta Me Head - Colin Post

 

 

 

 

 

Hopscotch - Julio Cortazar

 

 

 

 

 

Epitaph Of A Small Winter - Machado de Assis

 

Delirio - Laura Restrepo

 

 

 

The Fruit Palace - Charles Nicholl

 

 

 

The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa

 

 

 

Senselessness - Horacio Castellanos Moya

 

 

The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolaño

 

 

 

God's Middle Finger - Richard Grant

 

 

 

 

Murder City - Charles Bowden

 

 

 

The Labyrinth of Solitude - Octavio Paz

 

 

The History of Panama - Robert C. Harding

 

 

 

The Conspiracy - Israel Centeno

 

Of course there are many more must-read books from Latin America; these are just a handful of the ones I liked.

Check a few out! And I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

 

Until next time,

Vance

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