On this year’s New York Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2013, this blogger found the following title written by an Iberian author:
THE INFATUATIONS. By Javier Marías. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. (Knopf, $26.95.) Amid a proliferation of alternative perspectives, Marías’s novel explores its female narrator’s relationship with the widow and the best friend of a murdered man.
More information in his English-speaking blog.
Another title written originally in the language of Cervantes is:
THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING. By Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Translated by Anne McLean. (Riverhead, $27.95.) This gripping Colombian novel, built on the country’s tragic history with the drug trade, meditates on love, fate and death.
NPR had this (text + audio), The Guardian this review. The New York Times offers a review by Dwight Garner and another by Edmund White but this blogger would exceed his free articles if he copied the links…
And a story set in the Iberian peninsula:
THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS. By David Leavitt. (Bloomsbury, $25.) In Leavitt’s atmospheric novel of 1940 Lisbon, as two couples await passage to New York, the husbands embark on an affair.