Latin America

When a Marxist Loses His Charm

The uruguayan Eduardo Galeano was once the author of elegant and charming journalism. Sadly, his new book is a dumbed-down travesty

Default Lines

An arcane deal for the UK to write off a chunk of Argentina's debt in exchange for an end to squabbling over the Falklands was turned down by the British government. It would have saved a lot of trouble

Online Only: The A,B,Cs of Latter-Day Autocracy

Dictatorships may not be lumbering behemoths, but William J Dobson overstates the extent to which authoritarians have changed their ways

Super Mario

A brilliant writer with remarkable political gifts, Mario Vargas Llosa is a worthy winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Havana: The Castros Will Not Be Absolved

"Cuba is decaying at a scandalous pace, physically and morally. The social capital of civil values and mutual trust has evaporated and hatred is taking hold"

Rio’s Heart of Darkness

The World cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics are an incentive and an opportunity to address inequality and drug-related violence in Rio de Janeiro. Will the state try to heal the problems in the favelas, or simply conceal them?

Guide to the Perplexed

Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Chris Andrews

Chávez’s Thugs

Chávez's blanket control over the media is highlighted by the armed attack on Globovisión

Colombia: A Nation Reborn

Alvaro Uribe has brought prosperity to Colombia, and is now up for "re-re-election". But the legacy of political chaos will continue to be felt, says Vanessa Neumann

On the Edge of the Abyss

2666 by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Natasha Wimmer

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"