10 pieces of literature written in South America in the 21st century

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huntress eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume you're interested only in those translated into English, which narrows the list somewhat. This is by no means an exhaustive list, of course, but it should get you started (also...thank you for giving me an excuse to research these books; you just added to my reading list!). :)

  1. 2666, by Roberto Bolaño (won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction)
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz (won the Pulitzer Prize)
  3. The Traveler of the Century, Andres Neuman (won Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize)
  4. The Private Lives of Trees, Alejandro Zambra (won the Chile's Literary Critics' Award for Best Novel)
  5. The Bad Girl, by Peruvian Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa 
  6. City of the Beasts, Isabel Allende (young adult lit)
  7. The Sound of Things Falling, Juan Gabriel Vásquez (winner of the Alfaguara Prize)
  8. Red April, Santiago Roncagliolo, (another winner of the Alfaguara Prize)
  9. Ways of Going Home, Alejandro Zambra (included because his style just sounds interesting to me)
  10. The Feast of the Goat, also by Mario Vargas Llosa