4 Incredible Mexican Authors to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

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It’s Mexican Independence Day! To celebrate, we put together just a few recommendations of great books by Mexican authors. Whether you’re a huge fan of Mexican literature or you’re just dipping your toes into the water, these books are guaranteed to bring a lot of life to your bookshelf.


1. The Story of My Teeth – Valeria Luiselli

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Luiselli’s 2013 novel tells the story of an auctioneer in Mexico City who auctions off the teeth of famous literary and historical figures. It received almost universal acclaim upon its release, and its praise is just as deserved today! Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, NPR, and the San Francisco Chronicle among others, this playful comic memoir is definitely worth checking out.


2. Among Strange Victims – Daniel Saldaña París

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John Powers, the pop-culture critic on NPR’s Fresh Air, likened París’ 2016 book to existential ruminations of yore:

Brief, brilliantly written, and kissed by a sense of the absurd….like a much lazier, Mexico City version of Dostoevsky’s Underground Man.

If you’re interested in pondering the minutiae and tragedy of modern life, you’re in for a treat. Upon release, Publisher’s Weekly called it a “shaggy picaresque” with “a charming tendency to digress, and satisfying flashes of Rodrigo and Marcelo getting their act together.”



3. Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Villalobos

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Villalobos debut short novel was long-listed for The Guardian‘s First Book prize in 2011. It tells the story of Tochtli, a drug lord’s son, who witnesses the mayhem of narco violence from an innocent perspective. In their initial review, The Guardian described Villalobos’ debut as:

“Perfectly formed . . . Although easily devoured in one sitting, this clever little book is to be contemplated at length afterwards.”

At just 96 pages, you could easily read the whole novel in one sitting. Learn what all the hubbub’s been about!


4. Natural Histories – Guadalupe Nettel

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Nettel’s 2014 short story collection explores the complexities of human nature from an interesting perspective. Each story examines humanity’s relationship to pests and pets as a way of illuminating the complexity of what it means to be human. Natural Histories is also the winner of the 3rd Ribera del Duero International Award for Short Narratives, a prestigious Spanish literature prize.


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