Other Work

Apart from her work as a novelist and memoirist, Marie is a journalist, literary critic, and essayist on American culture. In order to describe the terrain of South America for the National Geographic, she flew over the Andes in a small plane.

She has recalled her childhood in Peru in a stunning photographic study of Machu Picchu. She has been a regular contributor of book reviews and opinion pieces for The Washington Post, where she has had a long career as a writer and editor. She has published essays on the literary life and biculturalism in a wide variety of American publications.

Book Reviews:

Orhan Pamuk

Jane Smiley

Law of the Jungle


The Writing Life

Through the Eyes of the Condor

A través de los ojos del condor

Stone Offerings (English and Spanish)

Off the Page

How I Learned English



Nobel Prize in Literature

He’s Not Black: He’s Also Half-White

John Updike, an Appreciation

John Updike, a Conversation with Marie Arana

Octavio Paz, an Appreciation

At War and at Peace: he Epic Saga of Writer Vassily Aksyonov’s Life

We Are a Nation of Many Voices

Winging It in the Andes

Keynote Address, Hispanic Heritage, Library of Congress

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