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1. Julia Álvarez
Many of Álvarez’s works, as a poet and writer, tackle the complexities of living as both a Dominican and an American. In the Time of Butterflies, one of her most famous works was made into a film starring Salma Hayek and Marc Anthony.
She received the National Medal of Arts in 2013 and the Pura Belpré Award for Writing.
2. Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende, a dominating voice in the magical realism genre, utilises her best-selling novels to establish herself as a notable feminist voice in Hispanic literature.
She is the recipient of the National Prize in Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, both of which were bestowed to her by President Barack Obama.
3. Mario Vargas Llosa
The Nobel Prize laureate in Literature is noted for his ability to masterfully span genres with his work, having written prolific literary criticism, murder mysteries, historical novels, and political thrillers.
His tales are largely inspired by his Peruvian ancestry and political activity.
4. Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel García Márquez, a Colombian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer was renowned as the perfecter of magical realism, a form of literature that incorporates elements of fantasy into actual circumstances.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 for his most famous work, the epic One Hundred Years of Solitude.
5. Laura Esquivel
Like Water for Chocolate, Esquivel’s globally best-selling magical realism romance book was made into a highly praised foreign language film.
She’s also authored short tales, films, and children’s plays, often including themes of magic.
6. Rosa Montero
Rosa Montero, a writer and a journalist, has created wonderful novels while simultaneously conducting intriguing interviews. Her book The Delta Function, 1981 is recognised as a key work of modern feminist theory, exploring the dualities of female existence.
Her work The Lunatic of the House, 2003 received both the Qué Leer Prize for the best book published in Spain and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for best foreign book in Italy.
Montero is presently a columnist for El País and has received the National Journalism Prize many times.
7. Enrique Vila-Matas
Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona and completed his military duty in Melilla when he penned his first book, Woman in the Mirror Contemplating the Landscape. He has worked in a variety of formats throughout his career, from cinema criticism and novels to essays and film screenplays.
His finest work is known for its sardonic and fragmentary style, which breaks down the line between fiction and reality.
Vila-Matas has received worldwide acclaim for his works and creative contributions, including the Italian Bottari Lattes Grinzane Prize, the French Prix Jean Carriere, and the Spanish Leteo Award, all for his novel Dublinesque (2010).
Vila-Matas’ writings have been translated into numerous languages and he is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated Spanish writers by both national and international reviewers.
8. Elvira Navarro
Navarro was featured in Granta’s Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists anthology issue in 2010. She released The Happy City in 2009, a book about an immigrant Chinese worker and a homeless Spanish guy.
The Happy City went on to win Spain’s Jaén Prize for best book and the Tormenta Prize for the best new author before being translated into English in 2013.
9. Sonia Hernández
Sonia Hernández, another entrant into Granta’s Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists, is a literary poet.
Hernández is also the editor-in-chief of the literary study journal Quaderns de Vallençana, which is devoted to the humanist Juan Ramón Masoliver.
10. Félix J. Palma
Felix J Palma is well-known in Spain for his magical realism works, and he is well-liked by both reviewers and the general people.
Palma, a master storyteller, has had several anthologies and short tales published, as well as a lot of literary honors.
His speculative fiction Map trilogy, which combines magical realism and history, has captivated readers all over the world.
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