Category Archives: LA Boom

Márquez, Neruda, Llosa: A Look at Three of Latin America’s Most Famous Writers

Pablo Neruda “Attempting an all-encompassing definition of Latin American literature is as reductive as trying to do so for African, Asianor European literature, and will necessarily lead to as vigorous a debate. Nonetheless the mythology of the ‘Latin American Boom’ … Continue reading

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Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado (1967)

“Tent of Miracles (Portuguese: Tenda dos Milagres) is a Brazilian Modernist novel. It was written by Jorge Amado in 1967 and published the following year. … Tent of Miracles was written three years after the military overthrew Brazilian democracy, and … Continue reading

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Home Is the Sailor – Jorge Amado (1964)

“Vasco Moscoso de Aragão makes port in Periperi, on the coast of Bahia. His sailor’s uniform, charts, pipe and telescope become attractions in the small town. Besides the nautical instruments that fascinate the locals, the townsfolk also fall for the … Continue reading

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The Invention of Mid-Century Cool

“Between 1951, when Barney Rosset purchased it for $3000, and 1970, Grove Press became a veritable communications center for the counterculture, defined in many ways by the visual sensibility of legendary cover designer Roy Kuhlman. Rosset shared Kuhlman’s aesthetic taste—which … Continue reading

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Reality Is the Better Writer – Gabriel García Márquez

“On October 26, 1949, in the city of Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, a young journalist named Gabriel García Márquez went to the convent of Santa Clara to see its crypt being emptied prior to the building’s demolition. When the … Continue reading

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Feminism in Latin America

Chilean women protest Pinochet “Feminism in Latin America is a collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing, and achieving equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for Latin American women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women … Continue reading

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N. Scott Momaday – House Made of Dawn (1968)

“In 1969, N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, helping usher in the Native American Renaissance. It was his first novel and second published book, after the folkloric The Journey of Tai-me (1967). The … Continue reading

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Conversation in the Cathedral – Mario Vargas Llosa (1969)

“Few Latin American writers have attempted to create so ambitious and complicated a body of work as Mario Vargas Llosa. In one decade (his first novel was published in 1963) this 38‐year‐old Peruvian has published three long novels, two short … Continue reading

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Aura – Carlos Fuentes (1962)

“Aura is a short novel written by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, first published in 1962 in Mexico. This novel is considered as a fantastic literature for its remarkable description of ‘dreamlike’ themes and the complexion of “double identity” portrayed by … Continue reading

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Miguel Angel Asturias – Strong Wind (1968)

Tristes Tropiques – V.S. Pritchett (May 1969): “On its polite and somehow always politic annual round, the Nobel Prize was given in 1967 to Miguel Angel Asturias, who is known as an important Guatemalan diplomat and a sensitive novelist of … Continue reading

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