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Hispanic Heritage Month: The Latin American Boom

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Carlos Fuentes at the 1987 Miami Book Fair, photo courtesy of Miami Dade College Archives

The 1960s and 70s in Latin American countries were marked by political unrest and tumult (thanks in no small part to the meddling of other world powers). This did, however, also increase the amount of attention these countries receive overall, which played an important role in what became known as the 'Latin American Boom'. This Boom was a period where Latin American literature, poetry, and criticism flourished and gained international renown that writers from the area had not previously received.

The works of the Boom are marked by many similar trends, though the most famous is that of magical realism. While there isn't a rock-solid definition of what constitutes magical realism, there's no doubt that Gabriel García Márquez (most famous of the Boom authors) is one of its most iconic writers. Specifically, it is his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude that is so exemplary of this literary genre, with its melding of the real and the fantastic. Of course, it is not just magical realism that defines the writers of the Latin American Boom, and many more authors are key figures of this period: Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa are of equal import, and all of whom have books available in the library system.

The lasting effect of the Boom was to open Latin American authors to ongoing opportunities for success on an international level. Of particular note are the post-Boom female authors who emerged (as sadly the attention of Boom period was upon solely male authors): Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, and Elena Poniatowska among others.

So what better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month than to check out some of these Latin American authors? Just click any of the included links, we've got tons of books for you to read!

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