Land of Smoke is a collection of dazzlingly hallucinatory stories and marks the first English translation of this major rediscovered writer. To celebrate, here’s a selection of five of her fellow under-appreciated Latin American female voices for you to check out.
Eva Furnari is a much-celebrated children’s author from Brazil who has published more than 60 books since beginning her career as a writer in 1980 and has won a multitude of awards. Pushkin Children’s Books publishes Furnari’s Fuzz McFlops, about a brilliant bunny author who finds a cure for the blues – buy your copy here.
Swiftly making a name for herself in the English-speaking world following the shortlisting of Fever Dream for the Man Booker International Prize 2017, Samanta Schweblin is one of the most exciting contemporary Argentinian authors around – she’s also a huge fan of Sara Gallardo: ‘Land of Smoke is my favourite book by one of my favourite Argentinian authors.’
Dulce María Loynaz
A Cuban poet, Dulce María Loynaz was the daughter of the famous General Enrique Loynaz del Castillo, a hero of the Cuban Liberation Army. She was a major figure in Cuban literature but fell out of popularity – Archipelago have now recently published a selection of her poems called Absolute Solitude.
The multi-talented Carmen Boullosa is a novelist, poet and playwright and one of Mexico’s most acclaimed writers, whose work often deals with gender roles and other feminist issues. Her best-known work is perhaps Leaving Tabasco, the coming-of-age story of Delmira Ulloa.
Sandra Cisneros is the author of the beloved and critically acclaimed The House on Mango Street, heralded by many as their inspiration to start writing. She is regarded as a key figure in Chicana literature.
Land of Smoke is out now. Buy your copy here.