Reading period: June 2022 - September 2022

Our Spanish-language reading group returns for summer/autumn 2022 with four exciting Latin American titles. Fernando Molano’s posthumously published Vista desde una acera is a love story, a story about AIDS, and a social history of Bogotá in the 20th century. Mexican author Karina Sosa Castañeda’s acclaimed first novel Caballo fantasma disjointedly narrates a young woman’s attempts to get closer to her late mother, two years after her suicide. Our final two titles both come from the independent Uruguayan press Criatura, who we are delighted to be spotlighting this year. Más allá de agosto by Lourdes Rodríguez Becerra depicts a turbulent reckoning with motherhood and ancestry. And finally, Irse yendo by Leonor Courtoisie explores the effects of precarity and gentrification in contemporary Montevideo.

How it works

  1. To read the whole book, please order a copy yourself from a shop or library if you can. If you have trouble finding a title, we may be able to lend you a copy. Email to be put in touch with the organiser.
  2. Read the books, then add your thoughts in the comments below.
  3. Join us at a meet-up to discuss what we have read. You can be sure of a lively, well-informed discussion.


Where and when

Reading Period:

June 2022 – September 2022


James Bennett will be holding a meeting to discuss these books at 19:00 on Thursday 8 September at The Three Kings, 7 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0DY. There will also be an option to attend remotely.

Please get in touch with us at if you would like to attend. There is no need to do this if you are already on our Spanish reading group mailing list.

Fernando Molano

Vista desde una acera

Karina Sosa Castañeda

Caballo fantasma

Lourdes Rodríguez Becerra

Más allá de agosto

Leonor Courtoisie

Irse yendo

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