COLLECTION / 1945-1989 / Latin America / Boom literature and its precursors

The Latin American boom was a literary, publishing and social phenomenon that took place in the 1960s and 1970s, led by a group of young novelists whose works achieved widespread success in both Europe and the United States. The main novelists of this boom were the Colombian Gabriel García Márquez, the Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, the Mexican Carlos Fuentes, the Argentine Julio Cortázar and the Chileans Jorge Edwards and José Donoso.

Archivo Lafuente houses first editions by some of these authors, as well as by writers and poets who can be considered precursors to this phenomenon: Octavio Paz, Juan Carlos Onetti, Nicolás Guillén and Augusto Monterroso. The Archive also has abundant documentation (original works in the case of artist-writers, books, correspondence, handwritten texts, plaquettes…) by important writers of the period whose works did not circulate as widely as those by the great names of the boom. Thus, in this documentary collection there are books, correspondence, handwritten content and original works by names such as Raúl Gustavo Aguirre, Carybé, Libero Badíi, Enrique Molina, Aldo Pellegrini, Alejandra Pizarnik, Antonio Porchia, Roberto Juarroz, Osvaldo Svanascini, Braulio Arenas and Enrique Gómez Correa.

This collection includes a significant number of magazines as well as some complete collections from Argentina (Cero, El lagrimal trifurca, Poesía=Poesía...), Brazil (Joaquim), Colombia (Mito, Eco), Cuba (Ciclón, Signos, Unión), Chile (Caballo de fuego, Tebaida), Peru (Amaru, Las Moradas) and Uruguay (Clima, Clinamem).



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