Search Results: "Óscar Martínez"


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THE BEAST by Óscar Martínez
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A harrowing look at the real costs of globalization, immigration and drug-prohibition politics, short on solutions and absent hope."
Grim, grisly account of the predations suffered by impoverished migrants on the hazardous journey to el Norte. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE by Óscar Martínez
NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2016

"Smart, angry immersive journalism from an author who warrants wider readership on this side of the border."
Hard-hitting exploration of the violence visited by globalization and the narco-economy upon Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Read full book review >

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MOTHER TONGUE by Demetria Martínez
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"Beautiful writing and astute commentary on identity, love, and El Salvadoran crises, wrapped cozy as a tamale with a maybe- happily-ever-after epilogue."
Poetry, politics, and no-holds-barred emotions burst from the tiny binding of a notable first novel by poet and activist Mart°nez (Turning, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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REGARDING RODERER by Guillermo Martínez
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"Here, however, the narrative and the reader trot along toward a conclusion both can envision too early and too clearly."
A stiff, predictable treatment of a subject that's anything but. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2001

"First-rate reporting on an important, controversial subject."
A thoughtful, politically charged narrative of travel in a little-known but much-discussed American subculture. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Less self-absorbed than Luis Alberto Urrea, less cynical than Charles Bowden, less otherly obsessed than William Vollmann—and right in the pocket, a necessary chronicle of a weird corner of America."
A savage journey into terror, cacti, drugs, desperation and all-around anomie in the superheated atmosphere of the desert Southwest. Read full book review >

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WORK AND MORE WORK by Linda Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Stylized and idealized but with some potential as a discussion starter. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A young traveler discovers a world of wonders hidden in a seemingly ordinary word. Read full book review >

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SANTA EVITA by Tomás Eloy Martínez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"In any case, Martínez's novel is overlong, hectic, and something of a chore to get through."
Ingenious but exhausting fiction—essentially a continuation of Martínez's The Perón Novel (1988)— that examines the mercurial and enigmatic figure of Evita, the ``poverty-stricken second-rate actress'' who became both heroine and saint to Argentina's populace. Read full book review >

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THE OXFORD MURDERS by Guillermo Martínez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

"Soft-spoken, smart and satisfying."
An elegant, fashionable, award-winning novel mixes murder with modern mathematical theory. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF MURDER by Guillermo Martínez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"Martínez (The Oxford Murders, 2005, etc.) crafts a page-turner in which eminently believable obsession and paranoia drive dangerous behavior."
A writer becomes the reluctant arbiter in a real-life game of mortal combat. Read full book review >

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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Beautifully drawn and quietly evocative. (glossary, timeline, author biography, translations of Chinese characters, maps) (Graphic memoir. 9-12)"
A striking glimpse into Chinese girlhood during the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >