The Human Zoo, by Sabina Murray

Staff Pick

Murray’s latest novel tells the story of Christina, a Filipino expatriate, who, after initiating divorce proceedings, returns to Manila where the citizens of the city’s high society, of which she is part, chart a collision course with the iron-willed dictator. Interweaving the satirical comedy of the capital’s aristocracy--complete with all the melodrama of Filipino romance--with the social realities of life in the clutches of a repressive and violent government, The Human Zoo offers an introductory glimpse into the sociopolitical and cultural landscape of a country that has resisted,  and continues to resist, imperialist forces, dictatorial leaders, and its own self-destructive impulses.

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ISBN: 9780802157508
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Published: Grove Press - August 8th, 2021

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, by Fermín Solís

Staff Pick

Solis's graphic novel makes a solid--and delightful--supplement to the oeuvre of one of surrealism’s leading figures. Told with tenderness and drawn with whimsy, the book chronicles the period of Buñuel’s life that the artist spent filming his seminal pseudo-documentary, The Land without Bread, in the Spanish community of Las Hurdes, Solís focuses this fascinating story on Buñuel’s creative struggle and his internal debate between the principles of surrealism and those of social realism.

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ISBN: 9781910593844
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Published: SelfMadeHero - June 15th, 2021

Battles in the Desert, by Jose Emilio Pacheco

Staff Pick

In this brisk and revelatory novella, Pacheco juxtaposes the portrait of a nation undergoing rapid change with that of a boy growing into adulthood. The nation is Mexico, where politicians enrich themselves; the boy is Carlos, a child of middle-class parents. While Mexico City engages in a struggle between traditional values and the new standards of industrialization and consumerism, Carlos falls in love with the mother of one of his classmates--only to find the adults around him suppressing his sexual and emotional awakening. It's a feat of almost incredible storytelling.



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ISBN: 9780811230957
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Published: New Directions - June 1st, 2021