Love this idea:
A Sor Juana Anthology
Alan Trueblood (Trans.)
17th century poet, nun, feminist.
Most famous novel of the revolution.
|The Labyrinth of Solitude
Octavio Paz (Nobel Prize, Cervantes Prize)
Quintissential work on the Mexican national character.
|Where the Air Is Clear
Carlos Fuentes (Cervantes Prize)
On the character of Mexico City.
|Massacre in Mexico
Elena Poniatowska (Xavier Villaurrutia Prize)
One of the darkest chapters in Mexico’s recent history.
|El arte de la fuga
Sergio Pitol (Cervantes Prize)
|Selected Poems of Pacheco
Jose Emilio Pacheco (Cervantes Prize)
|Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
|Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
On Mexico’s most famous artist.
|Malinche: A Novel
Re-imagining the “Eve” of the conquest era.
…plus any winners of the Sor Juana Prize I can find in English.
Mexican Village, Josephina Niggli – This is a collection of interrelated short stories set in post-revolutionary Mexico. Niggli incorporates Mexican folklore, legends, traditions, and songs in her stories. It was first published in 1945.
Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, Norma Elia Cantú – This is a fictional biography of growing up on the border in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s.
Tinisima, Elena Poniatowski – This is novel based on the life of photographer and revolutionary, Tina Modotti (one of, if not my favorite photographers). Modotti was actually born in Italy, was a silent film star and the muse of Edward Weston. They both lived in Mexico. She became a photographer in her own right, but in the end she gave it up in favor of politics.