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10 of the best Latin American novels – that will take you there

Plaza Fernández de Madrid (The Cartagena pictured in Gabriel García Márquez’s novel Love in the Time of Cholera “A sense of place often has a political edge in Latin American writing. Even magic realism – which takes fantastic liberties with … Continue reading

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Mario Vargas Llosa – The Time of the Hero (1963)

“Mario Vargas Llosa’s statement ‘literature is fire’ provides both an insight into his views regarding the potent weight he feels literature may carry and also the effect that words can exert over him and, although the Peruvian writer’s political beliefs … Continue reading

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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

“… On the occasion of the centenary of his birth Viking/Penguin published three fat volumes of Borges’ fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (collected, selected, and selected, respectively) — an admirable attempt that still falls far short of the comprehensive presentation of … Continue reading

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Carlos Fuentes and the Latin American Boom

“The son of a Mexican diplomat, Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama in 1928, and spent much of his early adolescence accompanying his father on diplomatic duties in various cities across the continent, such as Buenos Aires and Washington … Continue reading

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The Violent Land – Jorge Amado (1943)

“The Violent Land (Portuguese: Terras do Sem Fim) is a Brazilian Modernist novel written by Jorge Amado in 1943 and published in English in 1945. It describes the battles to develop cacao plantations in the forests of the Bahia state … Continue reading

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Octavio Paz

“Octavio Paz Lozano (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) was a Mexican poet and diplomat. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the 1990 … Continue reading

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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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