sábado, 2 de mayo de 2009

I Am NOT a Magic Realist!

Alberto Fuguet (1964-)

Magical realism, a style beloved by some and loathed by others, continues to dominate many people's perception of what Latin American literature is all about. For an interesting response to this situation from the perspective of a non-magic realist Lat Am writer, make sure you check out Alberto Fuguet's amusing "I am not a magic realist!" (written in good old-fashioned English) here. P.S. While this post saves me the trouble of writing up an actual review of it tonight, I'll be scribbling something about José Donoso's entertaining Historia personal del "boom" sometime soon. Great book!

4 comentarios:

  1. I think that is great! I do like it sometimes, sometimes I don't have the stomach for it, but I would say I am more into Magical realism than not. I love Aura- and that is full on MR!

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  2. Bethany, glad you liked that mini-essay--I'd been meaning to share it for quite a while! Since I keep hearing about "Aura" from you and others, I'm going to try to get to it later this year. Wish me luck!

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  3. Very interesting. After I get through the big boom Latin American writers of the 60s, I'll definitely be branching out and adding Alberto Fuguet to my list of authors to check out. Thanks for pointing the way. :)

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  4. Sounds like a great plan, Sarah! I've actually read very little by Fuguet up to this point myself, but this essay definitely makes me want to read more as well. Take care.

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