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    10 Colombian books to read

    To continue our series on Colombian culture, this time we invite you to discover some Colombian books !

    Literature is a great way to discover a country’s culture, to prepare for a trip, or to immerse yourself when you’re there.

    Here are a few titles from Colombian literature, by both young and established authors, not forgetting, of course, one of the country’s prides: Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    To do this, we’ve called on friends and family to put together a beautiful literary bouquet, with a variety of subjects to suit all tastes. Your suggestions are welcome in the comments!

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    Disclaimer: we apologize in advance for any grammatical or syntactic errors, as our native language is not English (we're a Colombian-French couple), so we hope you'll forgive us and still enjoy the information we share with you! Please note that all the information on our blog is based on our own experience, and is checked and updated regularly.

    One hundred years of solitude

    The best-known Colombian book

    10 Colombian books to read

    Samuel’s opinion

    This is the untold saga of the Buendia family, spanning 7 generations. In Macondo, a fantasy village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, we follow the rise and fall of a family condemned by prophecy to a hundred years of solitude.

    A flagship book of the “magic realism” movement, a literary genre in which every extravagance is permitted. One Hundred Years of Solitude and its author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, have contributed to the international renown of Colombian literature.

    An unsurpassed masterpiece.

    More about the book “One Hundred Years of Solitude”

    Author: Gabriel Garcia Marques
    Original title: Cien años de Soledad
    Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982
    Publication date: 1967

    Love in the Time of Cholera


    10 Colombian books to read

    Samuel’s opinion

    How far can love take you? When Florentino, a penniless poet, falls madly in love with Fermina, nothing prepares us to see him pursue a love that will slip through his fingers for half a century!

    A flamboyant book set in late 19th-century Caribbean Colombia, where customs and traditions have the force of the sweltering midday sun.

    Love in the Time of Cholera goes straight to the heart, making it one of Angélica’s favorite books. A fabulous story of Love, with a capital A!

    About the book “Love in the Time of Cholera”

    Author: Gabriel Garcia Marques
    Original title: El amor en los tiempos del colera
    Publication date: 1985

    Memories of my father


    10 Colombian books to read

    Angélica’s opinion

    Memories of my father is a tender, moving novel that plunges us into the relationship between a son and his father in Colombia in the 80s.

    It’s like an X-ray of the Colombian disease that persists to this day. A society where, in the end, it is those who fight to defend the rights of the people who are the first targets of nameless violence.

    A beautiful story that will not leave you indifferent.

    More about the book “Memories of my father”

    Author: Hector Abad
    Original title: El olvido que seremos
    Publication date : 2006

    Tales from the Town of Widows


    10 Colombian books to read

    Angelica’s opinion:

    When I started reading this book, I immediately thought of Gabo’s writing. Not surprising, since I learned that James Cañon was one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s disciples.

    In the small village of Mariquita, women have to take charge and rebuild their society, as the men have all left because of the armed conflict.

    Tales from the Town of Widows is an easy-to-read novel that offers us a gallery of fantastic characters and incredible situations. We laugh, we cry, we are amazed, we follow these women with happiness. In short, a great novel!

    More about the book In “Tales from the Town of Widows”

    Author: James Cañon
    Original title: La aldea de las Viudas
    Publication date : 2007

    The country of Cinnamon


    10 Colombian books to read

    Maria’s opinion

    This is the second book in a trilogy about Spanish colonization in America.

    The country of Cinnamon tells the story of the voyage of Gonzalo Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador, and his crew.

    It’s a gripping novel in which we follow the story of the characters on a journey full of difficulties and setbacks in the middle of an unforgiving forest.

    Rich in geographical and historical descriptions, this story interweaves the highlights of the Spanish conquest with the anguish of survival in the Amazon.

    More about the book “The country of Cinnamon”

    Author: William Ospina
    Original title: El pais de la canela
    Publication date : 2008

    The bitch


    10 Colombian books to read

    Maria’s opinion

    The bitch is a story that brings us into contact with the wilderness of the Colombian Pacific coast and with the depth of feelings.

    The writing is intense, both in describing the everyday reality of the Pacific and in giving us access to the inner worlds of the characters.

    Pilar Quintana offers us a short, raw and violent novel about the desire for motherhood, which urges us to recognize our human impulses and the contrasts of everyday reality.

    More about the book “La chienne

    Author: Pilar Quintana
    Original title: The bitch
    Publication date : 2017

    Gold and the dark


    10 Colombian books to read

    Aurélien’s opinion

    Book devoured in 2 days on the tragic and glorious story of boxer Kid Pambele, a world star of the noble art, originally from the Colombian Caribbean coast.

    This biography paints the portrait of a fallen national hero, a man who would shine until his wings burned. A Colombian Barry Lindon..

    Gold and the Dark depicts a Colombia in constant change, through different eras. An unequal society, but one where anything is possible, as Kid Pambele proves.

    With this slice of life, Alfredo Salcedo takes us on a moving biopic through the symbol of an entire nation.

    More about the book “Gold and The dark”

    Author: Alfredo Salcedo Ramos
    Original title: El oro y la oscuridad
    Publication date: 2016

    The Weaver of Crowns


    10 Colombian books to read

    Eylin’s opinion

    A journey through an entire century of history, in an 18th-century Cartagena marked by the power of the Inquisition.

    The story of Genoveva Alcocer, a strong, adventurous woman who defies the prohibitions and travels the world at the crossroads of all the emancipatory currents of her time.

    Will Genoveva have to pay the consequences of such a libertarian spirit?

    The Weaver of Crownsnoise is a book that grabs you and doesn’t let go, like those sentences built to take you to the end of each chapter!

    About the book “The Weaver of Crowns”

    Author: German Espinosa
    Original title: La tejedora de coronas
    Publication date
    : 1982

    The sound of things falling


    10 Colombian books to read

    Angélica’s opinion

    Two men who have just met walk down the street; one is murdered, the other escapes the attack. The latter, traumatized, wants to understand who this friend was and why he was killed.

    The Sound of Falling Things is a psychological thriller that recounts a dark period in Colombia’s history, when fear reigned supreme throughout society.

    Juan Gabriel Vasquez is one of Colombia’s best-known contemporary authors.

    More about the book ”The sound of falling things”

    Author: Juan Gabriel Vasquez
    Original title : El ruido de las cosas al caer
    Publication date : 2011

    What has no name


    10 Colombian books to read

    Eylin’s opinion

    One day, Piedad Bonnett’s son, a talented, creative but schizophrenic young man, kills himself. This marks the beginning of the grieving process for the writer.

    Despite the subject matter, which might be off-putting at first glance, What has no name is sublimated by the author’s luminous, hopeful style.

    A novel that reflects on existence. A book by one of the most talented Colombian authors of our time.

    About the book “What has no name”

    Author: Piedad Bonnett
    Original title: Lo que no tiene nombre
    Publication date : 2013

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