by Maria Cox
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month I present to you five notable Hispanic authors you should get to know. Please see below in alphabetical order:
Isabel Allende is a Chilean writer who also pens in the “magic realist” tradition. In 2004, Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she received Chile’s National Literature Prize in 2010.
Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator. But he was much more than that. Borges contributed to the so-called philosophical literature movement, and he became a literary icon beyond frontiers, though never recognized with a Nobel Prize.
Carlos Fuentes was a Mexican novelist and essayist. This author was honored with the Miguel de Cervantes Prize as well as Mexico’s highest award, the Belisario Dominguez Medal of Honor. Fuentes, like Borges, never won the Nobel Prize.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez also known as ‘Gabo’, was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer and journalist. He was one of the most significant Latino writers of the 20th century known for popularizing a literary style labeled as “magic realist”. Garcia Marquez was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
Mario Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian-Spanish writer, a politician, a journalist and essayist. He won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature and is one of Latin America’s most significant writers.
Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. Please share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
Special thanks to Voxxi for providing inspiration for this article.