Silver, Sword, and Stone

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“Monumental, stupendous. . . . a must-read for anyone who wants to understand this hemisphere.”
~Julia Alvarez

“Meticulously researched, the book’s greatest strengths are the power of its epic narrative, the beauty of its prose and its rich portrayals of character. . . . a marvelous book.”
~The Washington Post

“A lively and learned account of Latin America, ingeniously structured.”
~The New York Times

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Silver, Sword, and Stone – New Book

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Coming soon! Marie’s new book about Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story. Three ordinary Latin Americans against 1,000 years of history and why their stories are important to the world today. Coming on September 1, 2019. Against the background of a thousand years of vivid history, acclaimed writer Marie Arana tells the timely and…

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Lima Nights se publica en el Perú – Entrevista

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La novela “Lima Nights” fue publicada en Lima, Perú y recibió elogios, nombrada por el crítico literario de El Comercio Ricardo González Vigil como una de las mejores novelas peruanas de 2014. Marie fue entrevistada por Clara Elvira Ospina en el programa de Canal N “Tiempo de Leer.” El libro fue traducido del ingles por el…

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Living Legend Award, Library of Congress

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Marie to interview Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Living Legend Award, Monday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium (10 First Street, S.E., Washington D.C.) Registration required: Send reservation to specialevents@loc.gov LIVING LEGEND AWARD, Symposium and Award Ceremony, Monday, April 11, 2016 2:00 pm: Symposium Panel I, The Scholars Speak Rubén…

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Bolaño’s “A Little Lumpen Novelita”

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By Marie Arana November 17, 2014 The irony of Latin American letters is that the torch has not passed to the living. It has gone from dead giants of the boom — Paz, García Márquez, Cortázar, Borges — to a fresher voice, a voice that speaks to millennials — except that that voice, too, belongs to a…

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Marie reviews Amy Bloom’s “Lucky Us”

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If America has a Victor Hugo, it is Amy Bloom, whose picaresque novels roam the world, plumb the human heart and send characters into wild roulettes of kismet and calamity. Her best known work, “Away,” was an epic adventure set in the early 20th century. In it, a Jewish mother survives a devastating Russian pogrom, comes to America, becomes…

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Review of William Easterly’s “Tyranny of Experts”

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Can a whole global development community be wrong? Can it be that it’s been wrong since the beginning? That the glittering palaces dedicated to fighting poverty — the World Bank, the United Nations, the Gates and Rockefeller foundations, not to mention the aid agencies, think tanks, and well-meaning initiatives by policy experts and Hollywood stars…

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Nadine Gordimer reflects on her Writing Life. With a profile by Marie Arana.

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Nadine Gordimer’s essay appeared in The Washington Post as part of Marie’s Book World series, “The Writing Life.”  Scroll to the bottom to read Marie’s profile of the writer. The essay and profile can be found in the book, “The Writing Life.” August 5, 2001 Sunday  A Nobel Prize-winner, on being a product of a…

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“Bolívar” wins the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in biography

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On April 11, 2014, Marie’s “Bolívar: American Liberator” won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography. The jury’s citation read: “In this glowing and exhilarating new biography on South American liberator and hero Simón Bolívar, the judges were swayed by the muscularity of Marie Arana’s prose, the grand sweep and enthralling emotions that she…

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“Lima Nights” se publica en español en Lima, Perú

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“Lima Nights,” novela de Marie, traducida por el escritor peruano Ezio Neyra, y publicada por Animal de Invierno (editorial peruana) salió en Lima en agosto de 2013. La novela fue presentada en la Feria de Libros, Lima. Por ahora se puede encontrar en La Librería Sur, Ibero, La Casa Verde, El Virrey de Miraflores, Communitas, La…

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