the 10 best novels in Spanish in the 20th century-Las diez mejores novelas del siglo 20 escritas en Espanol

  1. El amor en los tiempos del cólera, Gabriel  Garcia Marquez                                                                             Tells the story of three different characters in the beginning of the 20th century in a coastal town. This is a love story written in an impeccable prose.
  2. La casa delos Espiritus, Isabel Allende                                                                                                                                    A prime example of magical realism, along with Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Primarily a Latin American tradition, magical realism is characterized by the simple, straightforward presentation of strange, magical events
  3. Canaima, Romulo Gallegos                                                                                                                                                           The book describes life in early-20th century Venezuela, a world of gold, diamonds and raw rubber, white foreigners and African slaves.
  4. El Siglo de las luces, Alejo Carpentier                                                                                                                                  Tells the impact of the French Revolution in the Antilles: the dreams for freedom and the shadow of the guillotine. It is essentially the life of a real character, Víctor Hugues, a merchant from the Antilles who sails a world suffering radical changes and fighting for implementing the revolutionaryconcepts in the isles
  5. Nada,Carmen Laforet

    Tells the story of Andrea, a girl who goes to Barcelona to start University,the world surrounding her will disappoints her. The novel portraits the physical and moral collapse of part of the Spanish society during the first years of the post-war period

  6. Rayuela,Julio Cortazar                                                                                                                         Quizás vivir absurdamente para acabar con el absurdo, tirarse en si mismo con tal violencia que el salto acabara en los brazos de otro.‘ (‘Maybe the answer is to live absurdly to do away with the absurd, to leap into oneself so violently that the leap will end up in another person’s arms    Read Rayuela, Julio Cortazar
  7. Pedro Paramo,Juan Rulfu                                                                                                                                                            Juan Preciado, as his mother has asked him in her deathbed, starts to look for his father, lost in Comala , a ghost town with a lot of mysterious and enigmatic characters. He will meet different people related to Pedro Páramo, who is thought to be his father. His story mixes with the Mexican Revolution and the story of his father and his lover, and their son.
  8. Cronica de una muerte anunciada,Gabriel Garcia Marquez                                                                               The novel is inspired in a true event, happened in 1951: a crime, its protagonists, the setting, and the circumstances. The author changes these features in a narrative style, although he doesn’t forget the data and the inaccuracies of the journalistic style. 
  9. La Tia Tula,Miguel de Unamuno                                                                                                                                                   A reflexive view of early 20th-century Spain, repressed by their own prejudices and religious ties.  A pleasure to read but also a valuable learning aid for students and teachers of Spanish literature. Unamuno’s use of idiomatic wordplay “exploits the special features of the Spanish language. His vocabulary ranges from the colloquial to the highbrow. His language is always fascinating.                                                                                        

 

Which novel is the best? (in Spanish language in the 20th Century)

  • Cien Años de Soledad – Gabriel García Márquez
  • Nada – Carmen Laforet
  • Los Santos Inocentes – Miguel Delibes
  • El Siglo de las luces – Alejo Carpentier
  • Los gozos y las sombras – Torrente Ballester
  • La Casa de los espíritus – Isabel Allende
  • La Familia de Pascual Duarte – Camilo José Cela
  • El amor en tiempos de cólera – Gabriel García Márquez
  • La ciudad de los prodigios – Eduardo Mendoza
  • El jinete polaco – Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • Rayuela –Julio Cortázar
  • Tiempo de Silencio – Luis Martín Santos
  • La Fiesta del Chivo – Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí – Javier Marías
  • Soldados de Salamina – Javier Cercas
  • Paisajes después de la batalla – Juan Goytisolo
  • Cuando ya no importe – Juan Carlos Onetti
  • El invierno en Lisboa- Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • La Catedral del Mar – Ildefonso Falcones
  • La sombra el viento – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • El último Catón – Matilde Asensi
  • Donde las mujeres – Álvaro Pombo
  • Olvidado Rey Gudú – Ana María Matute
  • Plata quemada – Ricardo Piglia
  • No me esperen en abril – Alfredo Bryce Echenique
  • El maestro de esgrima – Artuto Pérez Reverte
  • Carreteras Secundarias – Ignacio Martínez de Pisón
  • Si te dicen que caí – Juan Marsé
  • Crónica de una muerte anunciada – Gabriel García Márquez
  • Pedro Páramo – Juan Rulfo
  • La tía Tula – Miguel de Unamuno
  • La colmena – Camilo José Cela
  • La ciudad y los perros – Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Réquiem por un campesino español – Ramón J. Sender
  • Cinco horas con Mario – Miguel Delibes
  • Tirano Banderas – Valle-Inclán
  • El Jarama – Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio
  • El cuarto de atrás – Carmen Martín Gaite
  • Mortal y rosa – Francisco Umbral
  • El árbol de la ciencia – Pío Baroja
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One Response to “the 10 best novels in Spanish in the 20th century-Las diez mejores novelas del siglo 20 escritas en Espanol”

  1. piala eropa 2012 Says:

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