The Greatest Argentinian "Fiction" Books Since 1980

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  1. 1. The Witness by Juan José Saer

    "The Witness" is a novel that explores the life of a young European boy who is the only survivor of a shipwreck in the 16th century. He is found and raised by a tribe of Indians in South America, where he spends ten years of his life. The boy is eventually found by a band of Spanish conquistadors and returns to Europe, where he becomes a well-respected scholar. The story unfolds as the man, now in his 90s, recounts his experiences and struggles to reconcile his European identity with his decade-long immersion in the tribal culture.

    The 3032nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez

    "Santa Evita" is a fictionalized account of the life and death of Eva Peron, the beloved First Lady of Argentina. The book delves into the mysterious journey of her embalmed corpse which was moved around the world and hidden for 16 years after her death. The narrative, interwoven with historical facts, explores the cult-like fascination and devotion that surrounded her during her life and continues after her death.

    The 4374th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Impenetrable Madam X by Griselda Gambaro

    "The Impenetrable Madam X" is a provocative play that delves into the complexities of human relationships and societal expectations. Set against a backdrop of surrealism and absurdity, the narrative follows the titular character, a woman shrouded in mystery and power, who interacts with various other characters in a series of disjointed scenes. Through sharp dialogue and symbolic interactions, the play explores themes of identity, power dynamics, and the struggle for understanding within the confines of a world that oscillates between the real and the fantastical. The work challenges audiences to question the nature of reality and the masks people wear in their daily lives.

    The 4787th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. We All Love Glenda So Much And Other Tales by Julio Cortazar

    This collection of short stories delves into the surreal and the everyday with equal finesse, exploring the boundaries of reality and the quirks of human relationships. The narratives range from the titular tale, which examines the obsessive adoration of a famous actress, to more abstract and fantastical explorations of human experience. The author's masterful prose and innovative storytelling techniques invite readers to question the nature of truth and fiction, often blurring the lines between the two, while presenting a series of vignettes that are both thought-provoking and emotionally resonant.

    The 6085th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enríquez

    "Things We Lost in the Fire" is a gripping collection of short stories set in contemporary Argentina, weaving together elements of horror, social commentary, and the supernatural. The stories delve into the lives of characters grappling with the country's dark history, poverty, and political unrest, while confronting personal demons and societal violence. Themes of addiction, inequality, and the resilience of women in the face of patriarchal oppression are explored through haunting narratives that challenge the boundary between reality and the macabre, leaving readers unsettled yet deeply moved by the raw humanity within each tale.

    The 9938th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán

    The Invented Part is a novel that explores the life and mind of a renowned writer who is struggling with writer's block and feeling irrelevant in a rapidly changing world. As he grapples with his own existence, reality, and the nature of fiction, he embarks on a journey that takes him through his past, the lives of his friends and family, and even through the works of his literary heroes. The novel is a mix of science fiction, pop culture references, and philosophical musings, all woven together by the writer's desire to understand and redefine his place in the world.

    The 10243rd Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

    "Fever Dream" is a gripping and unsettling narrative that unfolds as a conversation between a woman named Amanda, who is lying in a rural hospital bed, and a young boy named David, who urgently prompts her to recount the events leading up to her illness. Through their dialogue, a sense of dread builds as Amanda recalls the strange occurrences and the sense of impending doom she felt while vacationing in the countryside. Central to the story is the theme of maternal love and the lengths a mother will go to protect her child, as well as the mysterious connection between Amanda's daughter and David. The novel's fragmented and hallucinatory style creates a disorienting experience, reflecting the title's suggestion of a dream-like state where reality blurs with nightmare, leaving the reader to piece together the haunting puzzle.

    The 10953rd Greatest Book of All Time

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