New additions to our Spanish Language Collection

Do you enjoy reading Spanish Literature, or brushing up on your Spanish? Take a look at the latest titles added to our Community Languages section. We have expanded the range of Spanish books to include literary work, historical fiction and crime, as well as, books on cooking and health. There are also copies of the Guinness World Records, 2012 Edition, featuring the incredible world of record breaking. Here is a small selection of books you can find. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverCuentos completos / Julio Cortázar.
Presents the Argentine author’s collections of short fiction, including some of his best-known works, in chronological order.
“The first of three exceptional volumes of short stories written by this immortal master. His stories are a brilliant painting of improbable, magical and tender beings. They are the best mixture of his Literature, and are also the opportunity to embark on an endless trip. This volume includes: La otra orilla, Bestiario, Las armas secretas, and Final del juego.” – (adapted from summary)

Syndetics book coverEl otoño del patriarca / Gabriel García Márquez.
“Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. Acclaimed for both his craft and his imagination, he has been called a master of myth and magical realism (a style of literature that makes use of fantastical, highly improbable, and sometimes supernatural events and characters). His stories depict a world shaped by myth, history, politics, and nature. Garcia Marquez first created Macondo, his fictional town, in his short story collections Leaf Storm (1955) and No One Writes to the Colonel (1961), but it was the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) that brought both Macondo and Garcia Marquez to world attention. One Hundred Years of Solitude traces a century in the town’s history, from its founding through its destruction by a cyclone. Skillfully blending the fantastic, the mythical, and the commonplace in a humorous and powerful narrative, Garcia Marquez tells a moving tale of people locked in an isolation, partly of their own making and partly due to U.S. and European cultural and political domination of Latin America. With this work, Garcia Marquez established himself internationally as a major novelist, and his reputation has continued to grow since he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982.” – (adapted from Bowker author biography)

Syndetics book coverMalinche / Laura Esquivel ; ilustraciones, Jordi Castells.Malinche
“Malinche (1505-29) is infamous in Mexican history and folklore as a traitor to her people, having sacrificed her Indian heritage to become interpreter-and later, mistress-to the conquistador Hernando Cortes. Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate) puts her own twist on the story with her imagined life of a young woman sold into slavery by her own mother and subsequently caught between the worlds of Montezuma and the Spanish conquerors. While the descriptions of Malinche’s beliefs in the roles of the ancient gods and her observations on Christianity are fascinating and well written, the novel is too short to encompass the story Esquivel wants to tell us, which makes the narrative at times problematic. Raped by Cortes, Malinche comes to love him so suddenly that there is almost no transition for the reader; later, and just as quickly, she becomes enamored of another man who rapes her. Malinche, a.k.a. Malinalli and Marina, is a remarkable character who deserves more detailed treatment.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Syndetics book coverLos secretos eternos de la salud y el rejuvenecimiento : medicina de vanguardia para el siglo XXI / Andreas Moritz ; [traducción Joana Delgado].
“In these twelve lessons, the author tries to explain man’s lawful appropriation of the supplies coming from God. If we understand and adjust our mind to the realm where these ideas and their electrical thought forms exist, we shall experience in our temporal affairs what is called prosperity. The prosperity doctrine started a long time ago. It is a feel-good, can-do approach to life which is beneficial as it tries to give us hope. It’s something that has to be practiced like a religion which is difficult for most people to do.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEl cuaderno de Maya / Isabel Allende.El cuaderno de Maya: Una Novela
“This story is about Maya Vidal, a nineteen year old female, born in Berkeley, California, US. Maya is a refugee with a temporary passport. Her parents named her Maya, meanung ‘spell, illusion, dream’ in Hindi. Maya, though, feels that this name is not suited to her personality and character and that’s how her story begins..” – (adapted from Book jacket summary)

Lo mejor de Ernesto Sábato / selección, prólogo y comentarios del autor.
“In 1989, Ernesto Sabato gathered what he deemed “the best” of his work. This selection includes several novels as well as a prologue to the volume Enough (also known as “Sabato Report”), a text of extraordinary civic and moral significance, which opened in 1984 the conclusions of the commission, chaired by Sabato. This ‘Report’ investigated crimes against humanity committed by the military juntas in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. The best of Ernesto Sabato brings together more than a representation of all the books that cemented the reputation of the author and constitutes an autonomous creation, making it one of his most revealing and possibly most significant self-portrait. It’s an anthology that serves as a gateway or essential corpus of this extraordinary and uncompromising author.” – (adapted from summary)

Adán en Edén / Carlos Fuentes.
“Adan Gongora is the National Security Secretary; a tiny slip of a man, the extent of his cruelty belies the shortness of his stature. In a country weighed down by massive corruption, his goal is to end the chaos. Gongora’s clean-up methods are horrifying: the incompetent are eliminated, the innocent locked behind bars or assassinated.One day, Gongora invites Gorozpe to run for the magistrature. But Gorozpe knows that it is time to get rid of, or at least neutralize, Gongora. So, how does one proceed when faced with an adversary of this caliber? How does a person stop the current that seems to be dragging the country directly to the drain?” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)