Today’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week topic: … we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction. This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!
There are so many books that I want to discuss. But I will limit my list to two. My first ‘forgotten treasure’ is Pedro Paramo by the Mexican author Juan Rulfo. Really, the book is hardly forgotten; it’s considered a masterpeice of Spanish literature. It tells the story of Juan Preciado’s return to Cormala to reclaim his family’s land and to find his estranged father. Narrated by a chorus of voices, Pedro Paramo is one of the most memorable, haunting and scary books that I’ve ever read. Many consider it as the first Latin American book to use magical realism as a literary device.
The second ‘forgotten treasure’ is Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night, a collection of short stories, by the South African writer Sindiwe Magona. The stories detail the lives of African and mixed-race women under apartheid in South Africa. An important and powerful collection, with a section ‘Women at Work, that focuses on domestic workers.