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The Eye of the Heart – Edited by Barbara Howes (1973)

“This short-story collection is the perfect book for anyone desiring an introduction to El Boom, the renaissance in Latin American fiction that has captured the world’s attention in the last decade or so. Included are tales by such luminaries as … Continue reading

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Magical realism

ATAK “Magical realism, magic realism, or marvelous realism is a genre of narrative fiction and, more broadly, art (literature, painting, film, theatre, etc.) that, while encompassing a range of subtly different concepts, expresses a primarily realistic view of the real … Continue reading

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The Death of Artemio Cruz – Carlos Fuentes (1964)

“To Mexicans, ‘the revolution’ has two distinct meanings. The phrase, for older people, refers to the violent events which, unseating Porfirio Díaz and his regime in 1911, upset the economic and social structure of Mexico and started waves of repercussive … Continue reading

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Mexico’s Marxist Prophet

“The Hole begins with the description of what an eye sees through a confined space: the small hatch of a punishment cell that opens onto the corridors of Lecumberri Prison in Mexico City. The Hole is at once a piece … Continue reading

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Julio Cortázar – Cronopios and Famas (1962)

“A cronopio is a type of fictional person appearing in works by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar (August 26, 1914–February 12, 1984). Together with famas (literally fames) and esperanzas (hopes), cronopios are the subject of several short stories in his 1962 … Continue reading

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How we roasted Donald Duck, Disney’s agent of imperialism – Ariel Dorfman

“I should not have been entirely surprised when I saw How to Read Donald Duck, a book I had written with the Belgian sociologist Armand Mattelart, being burned on TV by Chilean soldiers. It was mid-September 1973 and a military … Continue reading

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Miguel Ángel Asturias – Mulata (1962)

Miguel Ángel Asturias Rosales (October 19, 1899 – June 9, 1974) was a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and journalist. Asturias helped establish Latin American literature‘s contribution to mainstream Western culture, and at the same time drew attention to the … Continue reading

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