The Argentine Clara Obligado brought together contemporary writers to rescue the works of their teachers and colleagues in an “Atlas of Latin American literature”


The book “Atlas of Latin American Literature” arises from the need to make visible and vindicate the rich variety of literary traditions present in the countries of Latin America and that, all too often, go unnoticed outside the trenches of the mainland. This work, led by the Argentine writer Clara Forced, brings together some of the best Latin American storytellers of the moment, who present the works of those who were their teachers. This compendium, illustrated by Augustine Comotto, pays homage to the letters of the continent from a journey through more than thirty texts, which show a panoramic view of Latin literature.

“The theme of the trip that builds us as a continent is present and that deepens in times where violence expels with its bloody force. A common language runs through us, and that characterizes us, although sometimes not completely, because there are the original languages ​​and we exercise a critical temptation that is not present in Europe ”, explained the coordinator clear bound.

In this book, published under the imprint of Nordic, Andrew Neuman write about Roberto Bolaño; Mariana Enriquez on Silvina Ocampo; Maria Negroni of Alejandra Pizarnik; Ana Maria Shua on Augusto Monterrosoand thus texts from writers that make up a true “Atlas of Latin American Literature”a book that is presented as an invitation to discover unforgettable authors and who are considered the greatest figures in Spanish-speaking narratives, is a journey that includes an itinerary through the interests and affinities of contemporary authors.

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The initiative of the compendium was in charge of clear boundwho was in charge of convoking, to join a trip through the literary geographies of Latin America, fifty writers, who accepted the invitation to shape this collection. Some of these authors undertook the task of reviewing the work of colleagues who have not enjoyed many reflectors, but who, on the other hand, have enriched and contributed to the construction of a literature beyond the boom, already known as, Lina Meruanewho highlights the work of Marta Brunet; socorro venegas focuses on the figure Nellie Campobello Y Carmen Alemany reflect on Augusto Roa Bastos.

In “Atlas of Latin American Literature” there are no central axes or themes, nor is it a text about prevailing stylistic currents, what there is is an interest in bringing out of obscurity fundamental works of literature born in the region, in which there are also common concerns such as trip, the violence Y recurring problems in this part of the world, warns Obligedwho is a short story writer and novelist based in Spain and with more than forty years of experience.

“We have big problems, and sometimes, big solutions. I have lived in Spain for more than 40 years and I have a clear pulse on what is happening here. I would say, to explain it with an image, that our palpitations are more numerous and intense. Of course you cannot compare a country with a continent, it would be very unfair”. Said clear bound in interview with NBI News.

Illustrations by Agustin Comotto
Illustrations by Agustin Comotto

In this literary journey, Obliged made stops at Argentina, bolivian, Chili, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, The Savior, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguayan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay Y Venezuela; The book “Atlas of Latin American Literature”, it is a cultural and narrative journey through the enthusiasms of current writers; the book has 240 forty pages in which the authors recognize the narrative work of the authors who deserve to be recognized, this text is available in physical and e-book format.

“Many interesting authors have been left out because there is no complete Atlas, comprehensive in its enumeration, as the prologue rightly points out, the only perfect map would be one that had the same size as the mapped area” clear bound.

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