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Marcela Valdes

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Lions, Leaders And Lingerie: 5 Great Reads From Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Do recent events have you wishing for more insight into Syria? critic Marcela Valdes — with some help from experts on the region — recommends five great reads. From the diaries of a threatened novelist to a study of Syrian lingerie, these books reveal new facets of a complex country.

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The Drug Trade Destroys A Generation — Quietly — In 'Falling'

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Juan Gabriel Vasquez' new novel, The Sound of Things Falling, is a sophisticated vision of the way the Colombian drug trade unravels lives. Reviewer Marcela Valdes says Vasquez shies away from stock drug war imagery in favor of a quieter, more sophisticated approach.

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'The Hare' Leads A Merry Chase

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A British naturalist roams the pampas in search of a mythical rabbit that flies. But Cesare Aira's absurd, hilarious The Hare is no Argentine cowboy story. It's more like an episode of Star Trek — crossed with Lawrence of Arabia.

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Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel

Friday, April 12, 2013

Although Venezuela has a rich literary culture, its writers remain largely unknown outside of the country. Marcela Valdes traces the intersection of literature and politics in the large Caribbean nation, showing the forces that have kept Venezuelan writers from getting the praise they deserve.

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Outing Albus

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ross Douthat, Associate Editor of the Atlantic Magazine and blogger on Atlantic.com, and Marcela Valdes a freelance writer who sits on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, join us to take some calls about the revelation that Harry Potter character Albus Dumbeldore is Gay and the authors ...

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