The new 'boom' in Latin American fiction

Almost a quarter of International Booker Prize longlist comes from South America, a region in turmoil

International Booker Prize longlist
A number of the books 'highlight the struggles of individuals and minorities in the face of oppression', according to the judges
(Image credit: The International Booker Prize)

In the 1960s, a revolutionary literary movement burst on to the global publishing scene in what would become known as the Latin American boom. 

The international success of authors like Colombia's Gabriel García Márquez, Argentina's Julio Cortázar and Peru's Mario Vargas Llosa brought Latin American fiction to the literary forefront in the 20th century. Now, we are witnessing a second boom, according to judges of the International Booker Prize. South American authors account for "almost a quarter" of the longlist for this year's prize, said The Bookseller

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