Modern Spanish writers (in Spanish)

A Listmania! list by cubanrollingstone "mikemakana" (Boise, Idaho)
The list author says: "I was already a fan of classic literature by the age of ten. Homer, Tacitus, Suetonious were my first readings, a precocious freak of nature I soon followed suite with Poe, Schiller and everything written by Balzac, got so hooked on Balzac that started drinking coffee like crazy and considered the idea of adding the particle "D'" to my last name. Of course my last name being Rodriguez, not so sure it would have been as elegant but hey, I was only eleven by then. What follows is a list of my favorite Spanish books and authors by my 21 birthday (that list with a few additions was still the same by my 48th birthday)."
Conversación en la Catedral (Biblioteca Mario Vargas Llosa) (Spanish Edition)
1.  Conversación en la Catedral (Biblioteca Mario Vargas Llosa) (Spanish Edition) by Mario Vargas Llosa
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  "Finally Mario is a Nobel Prize guy. Read this novel if you want to impress your well-read friends and dismiss any criticism about your literary taste. A cathedral on it self this book is ambitious, smart and insanely well written."
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Cien años de soledad (Spanish Edition)
2.  Cien años de soledad (Spanish Edition) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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  "Another Nobel Prize. Cien Años is a monument, a simphony of magic-realism and probably the only novel in Spanish (except for Don Quijote) that I have read non stop from cover to cover."
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Siglo de las Luces
3.  Siglo de las Luces by Alejo Carpentier
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  "Carpentier, born French (stayed French pretty much)and Cuban by insularity wrote his greatest novel without knowing that Sofia's words: "we have to do something" will become the secret mantra of 10 millions Cubans immovilized under the iron fist of Castrocommunism."
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Rayuela (Spanish Edition)
4.  Rayuela (Spanish Edition) by Julio Cortazar
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  "A group of bohemians in Paris discuss love, art, Chinese torture methods and Charlie Parker, all this intertwined with digressions in time and space pretty much leaving you exhausted after a marathon of over 700 pages. Uh, did a mention the exchangeable chapters?"
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Tres tristes tigres (Esenciales)
5.  Tres tristes tigres (Esenciales) by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
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  "This is "da" novel. Infante was awarded the Cervantes Prize for it. Jabberwocky, language as a puzzle, jazz and nightlife in Havana during the late 50's a masterful lecture on re-inventing Spanish."
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La muerte de Artemio Cruz (Spanish Edition)
6.  La muerte de Artemio Cruz (Spanish Edition) by Carlos Fuentes
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  "A masterpiece about what happens to revolutionaries when the revolution is over, I'll tell you so you don't have to read the novel: they perpetuate themselves in power, they become (or always were but we were to busy applauding) corrupted, ruthless machines of creating suffering and destruction."
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El laberinto de la soledad
7.  El laberinto de la soledad by Octavio Paz
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  "Octavio, a Nobel Prize also is a pre-boom writer but equally influential in shaping modern latinamerican literature. This lenghty essay is about Mexico and its insertion in modernity."
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Pedro Paramo (Idiomas Y Literatura) (Spanish Edition)
8.  Pedro Paramo (Idiomas Y Literatura) (Spanish Edition) by Juan Rulfo
The list author says:
  "Rulfo published his novel in 1955, he is a pioneer of the movement and this masterpiece already contains all the elements of the boom: profanities and regional language, sintax pirotechnics, magic-realism, multiple time/space planes coexisting..."
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Paradiso (Letras Hispánicas) (Spanish Edition)
9.  Paradiso (Letras Hispánicas) (Spanish Edition) by José Lezama Lima
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  "Hats off! A very transgressive piece of poetry shapped into a 600 pages novel, a behemoth where St Thomas, the tokonoma, Cuban cuisine and sexuality are conversational themes for 3 youngters in Havana The novel is about the discovery of the image and how friendships, conversation, readings and all kind of sensual experiences pave the way to literary creation."
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Ficciones (Spanish Edition)
10.  Ficciones (Spanish Edition) by Jorge Luis Borges
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  "El maestro. Borges is a "boomer" by spirit and influence. No Borges, no Boom. He is all about inventiveness and precission. Whe Borges uses a word, forgetabouit, it's done, impeccabily."
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Juntacadaveres (Spanish Edition)
11.  Juntacadaveres (Spanish Edition) by Juan Carlos Onetti
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  "This excellent novel is about a guy named Larsen who wants to open a brothel in Juntacadaveres. Onetti also won the Cervantes prize."
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El obsceno pájaro de la noche
12.  El obsceno pájaro de la noche by José Donoso
The list author says:
  "Jose Donoso's great novel is about "the last member of the aristocratic Azcoitia family, a monstrous mutation who is protected from the knowledge of his deformity by being surrounded by other freaks.""
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El Senor Presidente
13.  El Senor Presidente by Miguel Angel Asturias
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  "One more Nobel prize. Miguel Angel Asturias wrote this outstanding novel about how pleasant is to live under a dictatorship. Lots of dream imagery,  discontinuous structure, abrupt changes of style and viewpoint."
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