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Portland Seminar

A book group for serious readers


2018: The Past Seeps into the Present

  • El Señor Presidente (1946)
  • The Informers (2009)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)

More so than in the United States, Latin American writers traditionally have played the role of public intellectuals. Most contribute op-eds and essays to newspapers and magazines that not infrequently critique the repressive societies they inhabit. As a result, these writers often have experienced censorship, imprisonment and exile. Keenly aware of their region’s past and how that history has shaped its present, these writers have crafted compelling narratives that overtly and covertly have used the past to comment on the present.