2666

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LOL_2666by Roberto Bolaño

2666 is Roberto Bolaño’s final masterpiece.  In this sweeping, epic novel, the lives of its characters intersect: a group of European academics; an elusive Prussian novelist; an African-American sports writer; a Chilean professor losing his grip on reality; a Mexican police detective and the older woman he’s fallen in love with. The linchpin that links them centers around the horrific murders of young women in the Mexico-U.S. border town of Santa Teresa (a fictionalized Ciudad Juárez).

2666 es la obra maestra final de Roberto Bolaño. En esta novela épica las vidas de los personajes se cruzan: Un grupo de acadèmicos europeos; un novelista Prusiano elusive; un reporter de deportes afroamericano; un professor Chileno perdiendo su sentido de realidad; un detective Mexicano y la mujer de edad con cual el se enamoró. Lo que los conecta a todos son las muertes horrendas de mujeres jóvenes en la frontera entre México y los Estados Unidos en la ciudad de Santa Teresa (la Ciudad Juarez en ficticio).

The group will meet Wednesday, September 9, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Robert Bolaño’s 2666 (Spanish: 2666) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk two months before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

The Book of Unknown Americans / El libro de los Americanos desconocidos

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LOL_Book of Unknown Americans.SPA_Coverby Cristina Henríquez

After their daughter Maribel suffers a near-fatal accident, the Rivera Family leaves Mexico for the U.S. in hopes that she will get better. But after settling in a Delaware apartment building, the American dream isn’t what it once seemed: language, racial & cultural barriers lay in wait at every turn. Enter high school sophomore, Mayor Toro, an immigrant Panamanian who lives in Maribel’s building—& it’s love at first sight. But as they grow closer, violence casts a shadow over their futures in America.

Despuès que su hija Maribel sufre un accidente casi fatal, los Riveras salen de Mèxico hacia los Estados Unidos en la esperanza de que ella se mejore. Pero despuès de establecerse en un apartamento en Delaware, el sueño Americano no es lo que se pensaba: el lenguaje, barreras raciales y culturales estan a la esquina. Entra estudiante de segundo año de la superior, Mayor Toro, quien es inmigrante de Panamá y vive en el edificio de Maribel y se enamoran los dos. Pero mientras crecen como pareja la violencia lanza una sombra sobre su futuro en  Amèrica.

The group will meet Wednesday, July 8, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Cristina Henríquez’ The Book of Unknown Americans (Spanish: El libro de los Americanos desconocidos) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse / Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis

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LOL_4 horsemen.SPA2_Coverby Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

The novel, set in 1914, France, details the vicissitudes of the First World War. Due to their political differences, two families, both branches from the same family tree, face off.  After the death of patriarch Julio Madariaga, the Hartrotts leave Germany and the Desnoyers to France. The families fight on opposing sides in WWI. The novel travels through the Dantesque scenes of a Europe torn apart, where the only thing that survives is the desire to live.

Se trata de una novela ambientada en 1914, en Francia, y narra las vicisitudes de la Primera Guerra Mundial.  Debido a sus diferencias políticas, dos familias provenientes de un tronco común, se enfrentan. Tras la muerte del patriarca, Julio Madariaga, los Hartrott se marchan a Alemania y los Desnoyers a Francia. Ambas familias terminan combatiendo en bandos opuestos en la guerra. La novela discurre por los escenarios dantescos de una Europa rota, donde la única cosa que sobrevive es el deseo de vivir.

The group will meet Wednesday, June 10, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Spanish: Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y poesías

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LOL_Dario.Stories and poems_ENG.SPA_Coverby Rubén Darío

Nicaraguan poet and essayist Rubén Darío is considered the high priest of the modernismo school of literature, known for its dazzling verbal virtuosity and technical perfection. This bi-lingual volume, Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías, contains a rich selection of Darío’s best poems and stories, written by one of the most important Latin-American writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Poeta nicaragüense Rubén Darío y ensayista es considerado como el sumo sacerdote de la escuela modernismo de la literatura, conocido por su virtuosismo verbal deslumbrante y perfección técnica. Este volumen bilingüe, Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías, contiene una rica seleccion de los mejores poemas y cuentos de Dario, escrito por uno de los más importantes escritores latinoamericanos de finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX.

The group will meet Wednesday, May 13, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Rubén Darío’s Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías (Bilingual edition) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Doña Bárbara

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LOL_Dona Barbara.SPA3by Rómulo Gallegos

In Doña Barbara, author Rómulo Gallegos weaves together the story of the Venezuelan llano (prairie), two feuding cousins, and the lives of ranchers, cowboys, thieves and villains, all of whom operate around the treacherously beautiful Doña Barbara, who’s a rancher…and a witch. Doña Bárbara is considered a masterpiece of Venezuelan literature.

En Doña Barbara, autor Rómulo Gallegos entrelaza la historia del llano venezolano (pradera), dos primos en disputa, y la vida de los rancheros, vaqueros, ladrones y villanos, todos ellos operan alrededor de la alevosamente hermosa Doña Bárbara, que es una ranchera … y una bruja. Doña Bárbara es considerada una obra maestra de la literatura venezolana.

The group will meet Wednesday, April 8, 7-8:30 pm, 2015, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Rómulo Gallegos Doña Bárbara (Spanish: Doña Bárbara) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Maya’s Notebook / El Cuaderno de Maya

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LOL_Mayas Notebook.SPA_Coverby Isabel Allende

Maya Vidal, a 19-year-old American girl, finds refuge on a remote island off the coast of Chile after falling into a life of drugs, crime, and prostitution. There, in the company of a lame dog and other strange characters, she begins to record her life story in a notebook, which includes pursuit by assassins, the police, and the FBI…and in the process of writing, she unveils a terrible family secret.

Note: The discussion of “2666” by Roberto Bolaño has been moved to September 9, 2015

Maya Vidal, una niña americana de 19 años, encuentra refugio en una isla remota en la costa de Chile después de caer en una vida de drogas, la delincuencia y la prostitución. Allí, en compañía de un perro cojo y otros personajes extraños, ella comienza a grabar su historia de vida en un cuaderno, que incluye la persecución de los asesinos, la policía y el FBI … y en el proceso de escribir, ella revela un secreto terrible de la familia.

Nota: La discusión de “2666” de Roberto Bolaño ha sido trasladado al 9 de septiembre de 2015.”

The group will meet Wednesday, March 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m., 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Isabel Allende’s Maya’s Notebook (Spanish: El cuaderno de Maya) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Also: don’t miss the EPL event Salima Rivera and Chicago’s Puerto Rican Poetry, on Wednesday, February 25, 7 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room! The discussion will be held by Paul Schroeder Rodriguez, Professor of Spanish at Northeastern Illinois University.

Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Heroes, Lovers, and Others–The Story of Latinos in Hollywood

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LOL_Heroes Lovers and Others.ENG_Coverby Clara E. Rodríguez

Wednesday, February 11, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Heroes, Lovers, and Others tells the history of Latino actors in American film from the silent era to today. Rodriguez examines such Latino legends as Desi Arnaz, Dolores del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Raquel Welch, Anthony Quinn, Selma Hayek, and Antonio Banderas, while exploring the attitudes, cultural conditions, and assumptions that influenced the portrayal of Latinos in film as well as their reception by the public.

Heroes, Lovers, and Others cuenta la historia de actores latinos en el cine americano de la época del cine mudo hasta la era de hoy. Rodríguez examina esas leyendas latinas como Desi Arnaz, Dolores del Río, Rita Hayworth, Raquel Welch, Anthony Quinn, Salma Hayek y Antonio Banderas, mientras que la exploración de las actitudes, las condiciones culturales y suposiciones que influyeron en la representación de los latinos en el cine, así como su recepción por el público.

The group will meet Wednesday, February 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m., 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Copies of Clara E. Rodríguez’ Heroes, Lovers, and Others (available only in English) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!