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BRAZILIAN LITERATURE – The Slum, novel by Aluísio De Azevedo

Aluísio de Azevedo, born in Sao Luiz do Maranhão, was the most important Brazilian naturalistic writer. His career spans a period of seventeen years. He was the author of twelve novels and eleven theater plays. As a journalist, he had gone to places, where he intended to acclimatize his novels, mixing and talking with people, who inspired his characters. Experienced ...

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VENEZUELAN LITERATURE – Contemplation, novel by Edgar Borges

Edgar Borges was born in Caracas and lives in Spain. In his novels, he tells stories of people, who are faced with their intimate reality. In his journalism, he assumes the role of articulator, pre-empting his own vision of reality. It’s literature of small spaces, where imagination moves within annoying realities. Contemplation (La Contemplación) is one of the most important ...

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MEXICAN LITERATURE – Like water for chocolate, novel by Laura Esquivel

Inside her novels she uses combines the supernatural with everyday life. Laura Esquivel is a Mexican writer and was born in Mexico City. She wrote works for children and film screenplay. Sweet as chocolate (“Como agua para chocolate”), her most famous novel in 1989 was filmed in 1992. In the novel, cuisine becomes the most important place of the houses, ...

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I LOVE YOUS ARE FOR WHITE PEOPLE – Romance, by Lac Su

To face his past, come to terms with the baggage he’ve been carrying with him, for so long, and learn from it. Writing helped. He sought therapy for the first time in his life while writing the book. Lac Su left his homeland of Vietnam under gunfire and at age five, began his life in America in an apartment teeming ...

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THE WRONG PATIENTS – Novel, by Sonia Hernandez

As she says, her books come from her intimate need. She is a literary critic of the supplement of Cultura La Vanguardia, but she is also a Spanish writer and some of her tales and poems have been translated into English, Swedish and Armenian. Sonia Hernandez was born in Terrassa in 1976 and published her first poetry book when she ...

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THE ERASERS (Les Gommes) – Novel, by Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922/2008)

He was born in Brest, to a family of scientists, and was trained as an agricultural engineer. His first published novel was The Erasers (Les Gommes), which was issued in 1953. He was one of the figures most associated with the new novel. Alain Robbe-Grillet is internationally hailed as the chief spokesman for the noveau roman, and one of the ...

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GERMAN LITERATURE – My Heart, by Else Lasker-Schüler

Assuming the guise of alter egos such as Tino of Baghad or the Prince of Thebes, she weaves a web of Oriental fantasies to inform her husband of her infidelities. “I am wildly in love with someone, but I’ll say no more about him. This way it could always be you.” Set around the Café des Westens, the epicenter of ...

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SONECHKA – Novel, by Lyudmila Ulitskaya

Yevgenyevna Lyudmila Ulitskaya is a Russian biochemist and writer. She started publishing novels in the 1980s, but the first work of success was the novel Sóniechka, published in 1992. Since then she has published more than 10 novels with a psychological prose, which resembles Chekhov. Her work often places attention on female characters, making visible inequality between men and women, ...

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POPULAR KOREAN FICTION BOOKS – Nowhere to be found, romance by Bae Suah

She made her debut as a writer in 1988 and she stayed in Germany between 2001 and 2002, where she began learning German. Without the guidance from a literary mentor, she wrote stories as a hobby. Bae Suah is a South Korean author graduated at Ewha Women University. In 1993, at the time of her debut, she was a government ...

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THE DIVINERS – Romance, by Margaret Laurence

She began writing short stories shortly after her marriage. Jean Margaret Laurence was born in 1926. She was a Canadian novelist, one of the major figures in Canadian literature. In 1944 she attended Winnipeg’s United College (an arts and theology college associated with the University of Manitoba). She became associated with the intellectual movement the “Social Gospel”, which remained important ...

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