A Certain Lucas (Magill's Literary Annual 1985)
Many literary critics writing in English have suggested that the current boom in Latin American fiction was initiated by the publication in English translation of Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch (1966; published in Spanish as Rayuela, 1963). Even though Carlos Fuentes’ The Death of Artemio Cruz and many of the publications in English of Jorge Luis Borges appeared earlier, it was Cortázar, who died in Paris in February, 1984, who first brought the revolution in Latin American fiction to a wider public.
Indeed, until the extraordinary success of Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, published in English in 1970, Cortázar was probably the Latin American writer most familiar to English-speaking audiences. That public was probably more familiar with his work than they realized: The popular Michelangelo Antonioni film Blow-Up (1966) was based on a Cortázar short story first published in the collection Final de juego (1956; End of the Game and Other Stories, 1963). The subsequent reappearance of that volume in a Collier paperback under the title Blow-Up and Other Stories (1967) is evidence of the success of the film and is one of the principal reasons that Cortázar became a writer whose books were sold at the corner newsstand along with detective novels and the...
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