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Thursday, March 28

NY Times Vargas Llosa Keeps a Latin American Literary Boom Booming: "Speaking in English with a pronounced Spanish accent, Mr. Vargas Llosa wondered why the countries of Latin America have had so many dictators — and mediocre politicians — and at the same time, so many great writers have emerged. He did not name the writers, but he could have been thinking about Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges and, of course, himself, among others who comprised what was called the Boom, the explosion of creativity in Latin America in the 1960's. Analyzing the proliferation of dictatorships, he said that many citizens are willing, and sometimes eager, to surrender their free will, and that the artist must challenge that authority." Actually Borges was not a member of the Boom generation -- he predated and inspired the innovative voices of the 1960s and 70s.

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