Publications

Book

Introduction to “Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview & Other Conversations”
Last interview by Mónica Maristain. Translation by Sybil Perez. Annotations by Tom McCartan. Melville House, 2009.

Newspapers & Magazines

Since 1998, Marcela Valdes has published more than 400 book reviews, news articles, profiles, columns, and feature articles. Her work appears in The Nation, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, Bookforum, and Publishers Weekly, among other periodicals. Highlights include:

Immigrant Dreams: The Enduring Power of David Riker’s “La Ciudad”
The Intercept. June 6, 2015.

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning explorer of myth and reality, dies at 87
The Washington Post. Page One. April 17, 2014.

Benjamins or Bullets: How Mexico Became a Narco-Democracy
Columbia Journalism Review. November 1, 2013.

Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel
NPR.org. April 11, 2013.

Unmanageable Realities: On César Aira
The Nation. April 10, 2012.

Seed Projects
The Nation. July 6, 2009.
Review of Alejandro Zambra’s novels “Bonsai” & “La vida privada de los árboles.”

Alone Among the Ghosts
The Nation. December 8, 2008.
Investigative essay on Roberto Bolaño’s masterful novel “2666.”

Windows Into the Night
The Nation. March 31, 2008.
Review of Roberto Bolaño’s posthumous collection of essays, “Entre paréntesis.”

His Stupid Heart: Roberto Bolaño’s Novels Were a Love Letter to His Generation, But What He Had to Say Many Chileans Didn’t Want to Hear
Virginia Quarterly Review. Winter 2008.
Investigative essay on Roberto Bolaño’s short novels “Distant Star” and “By Night in Chile.”

Rules of the Game
The Nation. December 3, 2007.
Review of José Maria de Eça de Queirós’s 19th-century masterpiece, “The Maias.”

Spanglish Fly
Bookforum. Sept/Oct/Nov 2007.
Review of Junot Diaz’s award-winning novel, “The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”

Campaign Tools
The Washington Post Book World. November 5, 2006.
Book World column on the rise of the book as political tool.

Embargoed
The Washington Post Book World. October 22, 2006.
Book World column on history and mechanics of the book embargo.

The Old–Fashioned Way
The Washington Post Magazine. September 3, 2006.
Cover story on the marriage of two devout Catholics immigrants.

What a Change in Genre Means to African Americans
The Washington Post Book World. June 18, 2006.
Book World column on controversy surrounding “street lit.”

Some Stories Have to Be Told by Me: A Literary History of Alice Munro
Virginia Quarterly Review. Summer 2006.
Essay on the life and fiction of Alice Munro

A Long Look Home
Publishers Weekly. June 13, 2005.
Profile of the Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala.

Yukio Mishima and the Dream of the Holy Explosion
The Believer. February 2004.
Essay on the Japanese author Yukio Mishima and the psychology behind suicide bombs.