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The Censorship Files: Latin American Writers and Franco's Spain


Investigates the role played by censorship in the Spanish-language publishing industry, which led to the Latin American Boom literature of the 1960s and 1970s.
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Investigates the role played by censorship in the Spanish-language publishing industry, which led to the Latin American Boom literature of the 1960s and 1970s.
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Herrero-Olaizola has done meticulous archival research that sheds new light on the history of the Boom and the mechanisms through which the field of cultural production and the field of power (to use Bourdieu's terms) interacted during the process of publication and canonization of the movement.— A Contracorriente

"...opens up new avenues for further studies on the Boom writers ... appeals to a broader educated readership interested in the subject matter ... a brilliant contribution to the study of Latin American Boom writers."— Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

"...Herrero's book provides a pleasurable reading experience, based on admirable archival work, that unearths an important chapter in the history of Latin American literature on the one hand and of Spain's political and economic policies on the other."— Modern Language Notes

"This is ... cultural studies at its most brilliant. Not only does Herrero-Olaizola concern himself with the sociohistoric contexts of cultural production and the ways in which censorship and the regime of cultural authoritarianism and cultural superiority in Spain ... affect the nature of the literary text ... but he also engages in the sort of close textual scrutiny and analysis that reminds us that we are dealing with artistic constructs and not sociological documents."— Hispania

"In this excellent example of the virtues and possibilities of archival research, Herrero-Olaizola offers a fascinating look at the intersection (and dark underside) of literature, publishing, and cultural censorship in relation to the diffusion of the Latin American boom of the 1960s-70s in Spain."— CHOICE

"Herrero-Olaizola's study is groundbreaking. He unearths, quite literally from declassified archives and authors' manuscripts, essential episodes of literary, political, and commercial negotiation as Spain published Latin American writers during the last phase of the Franco regime. I admire his exhaustive and original research, the clarity of his complex arguments, and his seamless interdisciplinary approach (blending literary studies, politics, business, international relations, and gender). This book completes the intellectual history of the Boom."— Marcy E. Schwartz, author of Writing Paris: Urban Topographies of Desire in Contemporary Latin American Fiction

"An original and excellent book based on impressive scholarship."— Daniel Balderston, coeditor of Voice-Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature"
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Meet the Author

Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the author of Narrativas híbridas: parodia y posmodernismo en la ficción contemporánea de las Américas.

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Table of Contents

Preface. The Censorship Files

1. Publishing Matters: The Boom and Its Players

The New Rules of Censorship
The New Seix Barral
Bitching About the Boom

2. The Writer in the Barracks: Mario Vargas Llosa Facing Censorship

Facing the Censors, Facing the Market
The Marketing of Military Literature

3. Cuban Nights Falling: The Revolutionary Silences of Guillermo Cabrera Infante

The Cuban Connection: Spain and the “Infantes of the Revolution”
Silencing the Cuban Revolution: From “Vista del amanecer en el trópico” to Tres tristes tigres
Censorship Remains: A Revolutionary’s Career

4. From Melquíades to Vernet: How Gabriel García Márquez Escaped Spanish Censorship

Wise and Unwise Catalans
García Márquez and His “Familiar” Censors
A Citizen Censor

5. Betrayed by Censorship: Manuel Puig Declassified

Betrayed by the Marketplace
Betrayed by Aunt Clara
“Playing ‘Toro’” Betrayed by Ms. Hayworth

Epilogue. Legends of the Boom: Latin American Publishing Revisited

Works Cited

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