BookFilter: English fiction with lots of Spanish language elements
December 30, 2013 7:00 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for recommendations of English-language fiction that heavily features Spanish-language elements. I'm working on learning Spanish again (I had 3 years in high school, about 10 years ago) and thought it would be fun and useful to read novels that incorporate Spanish heavily, kind of an immersion strategy.
posted by sprocket87 to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm definitely NOT at the point where I could comfortably read entirely-Spanish works (unless they're Dr. Seuss level). I'm thinking of something that's set in a Spanish-speaking arena, like a south-of-the-border crime novel, mystery, etc. Lots of usage of Spanish peppered throughout the narrative, descriptions and dialogue. Bonus points for sci-fi that meets this criteria.
I just picked up Michael Gruber's "The Return" at the library, which seems to fit the bill nicely. And it's been years since I've read it, but Allan Weisbecker's "Cosmic Banditos" was in the same vein as well.
Think Chabon's "Yiddish Policemen's Union", except Spanish instead of, well, Yiddish.