The Latin American Boom


1946–49 Guatemalan Miguel Angel Asturias blends Modernist techniques with surrealism and folklore in Mr. President and Men of Maize.

1962 In The Death of Artemio Cruz, Carlos Fuentos layers memory, poetic imagery, stream of consciousness, and multiple perspectives to explore corruption in Mexico.

1963 Argentinian Julio Cortázar allows readers to choose their own path through his radically experimental work Hopscotch.


1969 The shattered society of 1950s’ Peru is revealed at lightning speed in a discussion between two men of different classes in Mario Vargas Llosa’s Conversation in the Cathedral.

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