Indigenous Literature

Editor’s Pick

Yo tuve un sueño by Juan Pablo Villalobos

"I have a dream," said Martin Luther King in his famous speech on racial equality in 1963. Yo tuve un sueño [I had a dream], is the title of this book about other American dreams of the 21st century: those of immigrants who cross the border between Mexico and United States without legal documents. Juan Pablo Villalobos has compiled here ten stories focused on the most vulnerable: children. Its pages speak of poverty, fear, exploitation, violence, gangsters, assassins, dungeons, separated families, a train they call La Bestia [the Beast] ... but also about hope, integrity and dignity. This is a "non-fiction book, although it uses narrative techniques of fiction to protect the protagonists". The result: an overwhelming, necessary work and an amazing literary force.

Lugar by María José Navia

Lugar [Place] is a compilation of twelve stories where women take the leading role. Through each one of them, a sort of feminine power grows and supersedes weak-willed male characters that also form an important part of the action. Women lead these tales, expatriates of their own homes, either because they have left Chile behind or because their homes have become strange and even hostile places. They hide, drag along or confront conflicts that threaten to topple them, all while they seek to define their place in the world.