Five LGBTQ + books that you should or should read

Autobiographies, juvenile novels, intense romances, and stories with time arcs, among the must-see LGBT books that if you haven't read yes or yes you should.

'The boy of the stars', 'As this afternoon is forever', 'Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe'

In the LGBT field, years ago it was difficult to find references or books that would give it space and dedicate pages to all the problems faced by the group. Photo: mundodelibros.com.co

LatinAmerican Post | Nicolás Donoso

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Leer en español: Cinco libros LGBTQ+ que sí o sí deberías de leer

Literature can be considered synonymous with beauty, wealth and is part of the cultural heritage of our society since time immemorial, in modern times, and at critical moments throughout the history of humanity.

In the LGBTQ + field, years ago it was difficult to find references or books that would give it space and dedicate pages to all the problems faced by the group. However, the situation has been changing in recent times, and every time we meet more authors who dedicate their pen to create works of science fiction, youth novels, fantasy books, and even their own biographies, which have an intimate relationship with the community.

El chico de las estrellas, by Chris Pueyo

This book was the first of four currently published by the young Spanish writer, Chris Pueyo, and it is a fairly sincere self-fiction, and where the author, the narrator, and the protagonist are the same person.

Having a simple narration but at the same time poetic, sincere, and direct regarding everything that he had to live in his childhood. One that was marked by abandonment, the absence of a mother, the constant bullying that she suffered in her school years, and the raising of her grandmother, one of the most important people in her life.

In addition, the story narrates a trip to London where she ends up meeting, accepting, falling in love for the first time with a man and the story of overcoming that was behind this whole process is recounted as self-help for all who are reading the book.

Te daría el mundo, by Jandy Nelson 

The contemporary youth novel that could not be absent from this list, and that tells the story of two twins named Jude and Noah, who are inseparable at the beginning of their lives, and where the latter falls in love with his neighbor, but a mistake committed by the protagonist will cause his lover to move away and not want to see him again.

On the other hand, a mistake by Jude will end up breaking the great relationship he had with his brother, and a family tragedy that mourns the family will complicate things even more for its protagonists, who are drowning in a very deep river.

Union, separation, love, heartbreak, fidelity, betrayal, life, and death. That is I would give you the world, a book that catches you and does not let you go at any point in history, and that addresses the issues with great clarity and determination.

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Como esta tarde es para siempre, by Jaime Manrique

As a lesson about love, life, and death, this is how experts have defined this historical fiction by Colombian Jaime Manrique. The story tells of Lucas and Ignacio, two young men who arrive at a seminary and over the years become priests, being in charge of their own parishes.

This book has the particularity that, in addition to telling the love relationship that both priests are developing, it shows a reality of Colombian society that is full of scars: the dispute against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the heyday of HIV in the 90s, are sensitive issues that are also addressed in fiction.

"A beautiful and tremendous novel. Torn and moving. In it we can recognize ourselves and, perhaps most importantly, meet the other, unknown because we choose not to see him," said the writer Álvaro Castillo Granada in one of his criticisms.

El amante alemán, by Julián Martínez Gómez

The first novel by the writer, poet, and actor who has worked in theater, film, and television and which shows the story of Julio, a Cuban who has lived in Madrid for four years and who returns to Cuba to visit his family and return to his estate.

Meeting on the return trip to Sebastián, a young German with whom she falls madly in love from the moment she sees him, eventually both beginning a relationship that will have more than one meaning for both of them and that will show that life is sometimes by chance.

And it is that in this installment two parallel stories will be told divided by a tragedy that over time it will be discovered that it is related to both Julio and Sebastián, enriching the entire book by its structure, descriptions, music, recipes, and photos unpublished.

Aristóteles y Dante descubren los secretos del universo, by Benjamín Alire Sáenz 

Considered by many to be one of the best LGBT novels of all time, this novel is close to perfection for being a simple, enjoyable, and easy-to-digest reading and for the shocking evolution of its characters.

The protagonist is Aristotle, a 15-year-old Mexican-American boy whose life seems boring and misunderstood, that is until he meets the optimistic Dante, a boy who in addition to teaching him to swim will show him that true friendship does exist and that sometimes, no matter how much love is hidden, there comes a point where it comes to light and there is no going back.

Throughout the book, Aristotle seeks to know himself, understand what is missing, and discover the secrets that the universe keeps. And he does not realize all these mysteries until Dante crosses his life and absolutely everything begins to make sense

Nine years after its premiere, the sequel to Aristóteles y Dante descubren los secretos del universo was confirmed, and it will be released on October 12, calling itself Aristóteles y Dante se sumergen en las aguas del mundo.