Books by Anne McLean

LORD OF ALL THE DEAD by Javier Cercas
Released: Jan. 14, 2020

"A beautiful, moving story that must have been extremely difficult for the author to write. Thankfully for readers, he persisted."
A notable Spanish writer haunted by his family's allegiances during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) manages to achieve a magnificent reconciliation. Read full book review >
THE SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY by Gabriel García Márquez
Released: May 14, 2019

"The text is elegantly translated by McLean, and García Márquez fans will welcome these fresh and lively examples of his beautiful, lyrical writing."
An eye-opening collection of articles that reveal Gabo the journalist. Read full book review >
THE SHAPE OF THE RUINS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A fine work of art about the blurry line between truth and artifice."
A novelist becomes embroiled in conspiracy theories surrounding political assassinations in his native Colombia. Read full book review >
THE FARM by Héctor Abad
Released: April 17, 2018

"A graceful story that takes its time to unfold, with much roiling under the surface of the narrative."
Pensive novel, by noted Colombian writer Abad (Oblivion: A Memoir, 2012, etc.), of a rural family torn by conflict and incomprehension. Read full book review >
REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis."
A Colombian political cartoonist has second thoughts about a takedown he delivered decades earlier. Read full book review >
OUTLAWS by Javier Cercas
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

The spectacular rise and dizzying fall of a legendary Spanish desperado. Read full book review >
OBLIVION by Héctor Abad
Released: May 1, 2012

"Is there a father alive who would not weep at such an artful, tender tribute?"
A Colombian writer delivers a rousing, affecting tribute to his father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a professor and physician who was murdered in 1987 by radical political opponents. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Many American readers may struggle with the dense narrative, but those who stick with it will become immersed in its near-hypnotic power."
An intricately fashioned blow-by-blow account of the 1981 coup d'etat in Spain. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"An astute and sensitive translation brings this charming work to light for American audiences."
New translation of a whimsical 20th-century travelogue. Read full book review >
THE SPEED OF LIGHT by Javier Cercas
Released: April 17, 2007

"In this game with and against readers, the novelist has tied one artful hand behind his back. Trouble is, the hand in front mostly points at himself, whomever that might be."
A Spanish novelist writes a novel about a Spanish novelist telling an American Vietnam vet's story, which may be apocryphal. Read full book review >
THE TANGO SINGER by Tomás Eloy Martínez
Released: May 16, 2006

"Worlds better than Martínez's banal Perón-inflected novels—and reason enough to understand why some readers consider him one of Latin America's major literary exports. "
Argentina's flamboyant culture and troubled history are explored from an unusual perspective in this third translated novel from the Argentine-born (now U.S. resident) author of The Perón Novel and Santa Evita. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Beautiful, extremely moving in its outline and sentiments, but a much different matter on the page: overlong, rambling, monotonous."
Ponderous account of a woman coming to terms with the death (and life) of her mother, as related by Spanish novelist Gaite (The Farewell Angel, 1999, etc.) in a deeply obsessive, introspective voice. Read full book review >
Released: March 7, 2004

"Cercas's lyric intensity becomes quite moving (especially toward the end) in a beautiful account of loss and reconciliation."
Cercas's US debut is a strange and intriguing amalgam of epic, elegy, and mystery about a journalist's efforts to uncover the story behind a soldier's quasi-miraculous escape from firing squad in the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >
SHADOW WITHOUT A NAME by Ignacio Padilla
Released: April 1, 2003

"Extraordinarily clever, and quite moving. A brilliant US debut."
Impersonation, mistaken identity, and subterfuge are the elements juggled with hellish precision in this dizzyingly intricate historical, the first of its prizewinning Mexican author's to appear in English translation. Read full book review >