The Guardian: Latin American Novels and Poetry

 The Guardian (UK) Books Podcast             

Latin American Novels and Poetry (What the Future Holds)                                         

Presented by Sarah Crown; produced by Tim Maby

The death last month of Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes at the age of 83 marked a significant moment in Latin American literature. Fuentes, along with Colombia’s Gabriel García Márquez, Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa and Argentina’s Julio Cortázar, spearheaded the 1960s Latin American Boom that saw literature from South America reaching across the continent’s borders to touch readers around the globe. But with Fuentes gone and Márquez and Vargas Llosa approaching old age, the echoes of the Boom begin to fade. In this week’s podcast, we cast an eye over Latin American literature’s past, and look to where it’s now heading.

Richard Lea speaks to Peruvian novelist Alonso Cueto about his prize-winning novel The Blue Hour, first published in 2005 but available in English translation for the first time this month. While Sarah Crown speaks to poet Fiona Sampson about the continent’s verse, and Latin American expert Ingrid Bejerman about the what the future holds for Latin American literature.The Guardian’s Reading List

Mexico (the “crack” generation)







Chile (the McOndo literary movement)                  




  • The Year of the Desert by Pedro Mairal                                       
  • Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman








Puerto Rico







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