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  • Prominent Spanish Books to Read in 2023
  • New Talents in Hispanic Literature
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The year 2023 has been full of surprises when it comes to Spanish books, and this time, we’re revealing five that you definitely must read.

In the context of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we mustn’t forget the names of outstanding authors such as Gabriel García Márquez and Julio Cortázar, among others.

However, in recent years, new talents have emerged, enriching the realm of Hispanic literature.

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First, we present ‘Miseria,’ written by Dolores Reyes, considered one of the best books of the year.

The author hails from Argentina and continues the story she started in her first book, ‘Cometierra,’ published in 2019.

«Because it is she who encourages her to regain her divinatory power, the one she promised never to use again,» say Begoña Alonso and Beatriz Molina about ‘Miseria.’

For The New York Times, it’s one of the best Latin American novels of 2023. You’ll have to find out for yourself.

Elvira Navarro ‘gives voice’ to Adriana

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Next, we present the book ‘Las voces de Adriana’ by Spanish author Elvira Navarro, who has also written other excellent books.

In ‘Las voces de Adriana,’ Elvira tells the story of a young woman who has to cope with multiple losses while taking care of her ailing father.

This novel is described as a moving story filled with memories and disappearances, but that’s not all.

It is also a novel presented in three movements about memory, loyalty to ancestral mandates, and death.

Are you ready to risk your heart?

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Among the must-read Spanish books of 2023 is ‘El cuco de cristal’ by Javier Castillo.

This is the sixth novel by this renowned Hispanic author, who surprised readers in 2021 with ‘El juego del alma.’

In ‘El cuco de cristal,’ Castillo unravels the secrets of a story that hides dozens of hidden and overlapping enigmas within its narrative.

This novel falls under the suspense, mystery, and psychological thriller genres. «Are you ready to risk your heart?»

A Heartbreaking Tragedy

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As we near the end of this list, in the context of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we present the book ‘Volver a cuándo.’

In this text, Venezuelan writer and screenwriter María Elena Morán reveals the tragedy stemming from her country’s political system.

Morán tells the story of Camilo, whose wife Nina asks for a divorce. Their daughter Elisa is caught in the middle of this situation.

‘Volver a cuándo’ won the Café Gijón Novel Award last year and is described as ‘the great novel about post-chavism Venezuela.’

‘Limpia,’ Straight from Chile

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Finally, we introduce one of the must-read Spanish books of 2023: ‘Limpia,’ written by author Alia Trabucco Zerán.

According to Elle, this is a chilling and brutal novel that delves into the duality between the bourgeoisie and those who ‘clean their houses.’

Alia Trabucco ventures into challenging territories by narrating the death of an anxious child.

To conclude, ‘Limpia’ is considered one of the most significant debuts of 2023, according to El País. We also recommend revisiting the classics.

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