Marcela Valdes

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Lions, Leaders And Lingerie: 5 Great Reads From Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

What does President Bashar Assad think of himself? How did his father, Hafez Assad, rise from a dirt yard to rule the country? What happens to those who speak out against the regime? Who wrote the Syrian 1984? Does Syria make the best lingerie in the Middle East? Find the ...


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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

If I tell you that Juan Gabriel Vasquez's exquisite novel The Sound of Things Falling is about the drug trade in Colombia, a few stock images might arise in your mind: an addict overdosing in a dirty apartment, say, or a dealer ordering the killing of some troublesome peon, or ...


'The Hare' Leads A Merry Chase

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

To love the novels of Cesar Aira you must have a taste for the absurd, a tolerance for the obscurely philosophical and a willingness to laugh out loud against your better judgment. His latest novel to be translated into English, The Hare, is set in the Argentine pampas at the ...


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

Friday, April 12, 2013

Marcela Valdes is the books editor of The Washington Examiner and a specialist in Latin American literature and culture.

For more than 40 years, the most important book prize in South America has been bankrolled by the region's most famous petro-nation: Venezuela. Yet Venezuelan novelists themselves rank among the least ...


Outing Albus

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ross Douthat, Associate Editor of the Atlantic Magazine and blogger on, 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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