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Latin America's New Historical Novel

Texas Pan American Series

By (author) Seymour Menton
Format: Hardback
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, United States
Published: 1st Jan 1993
Dimensions: w 165mm h 241mm
Weight: 567g
ISBN-10: 0292751575
ISBN-13: 9780292751576
Barcode No: 9780292751576
Beginning with the 1979 publication of Alejo Carpentier's El arpa y la sombra, the New Historical Novel has become the dominant genre within Latin American fiction. In this at-times tongue-in-cheek postmodern study, Seymour Menton explores why the New Historical Novel has achieved such popularity and offers discerning readings of numerous works. Menton argues persuasively that the proximity of the Columbus Quincentennial triggered the rise of the New Historical Novel. After defining the historical novel in general, he identifies the distinguishing features of the New Historical Novel. Individual chapters delve deeply into such major works as Mario Vargas Llosa's La guerra del fin del mundo, Abel Posse's Los perros del paraiso, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's El general en su laberinto, and Carlos Fuentes' La campana. A chapter on the Jewish Latin American novel focuses on several works that deserve greater recognition, such as Pedro Orgambide's Aventuras de Edmund Ziller en tierras del Nuevo Mundo, Moacyr Scliar's A estranha naao de Rafael Mendes, and Angelina Muniz's Tierra adentro.

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