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The Latin American Boom was a flourishing of literature, poetry and criticism in Latin America during the 1960s and 1970s, when writers from this region explored new ideas and came to international renown in a way that had not happened previously. Major figures of the boom include Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa.

The Boom's major representatives include:

and perhaps especially


However, in the light of these authors' success, the work of a previous generation of writers (such as Jorge Luis Borges (1898-1986) his famous novels were Fervor de Buenos Aires, Luna de Enfrente, El Aleph, Historia Universal de la Infamia, Ficciones, Elogio de las Sombras, informe de Crodie, Oro de los Tigres, Inquisiciones e Historia de la Eternidad He wrote stories that he described as fiction or symbolic stories, with real or imaginary characters which move between the reality, magic and satire scene. Miguel Ángel Asturias, Alejo Carpentier, and Juan Rulfo) also gained access to a new and expanded public.

As well as being a publishing phenomenon, the Boom introduced a series of novel aesthetic and stylistic features to world literature. Though the various Boom authors often differ very much from each other, and should not be regarded strictly as a school or movement, they have come to be associated above all with so-called magical realism.




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