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

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

by Alejandro Herrero-OlaizolaAlejandro Herrero-Olaizola
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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.

Drawing on extensive research in the Spanish National Archive, Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola examines the role played by the censorship apparatus of Franco’s Spain in bringing about the Latin American literary Boom of the 1960s and 1970s. He reveals the negotiations and behind-the-scenes maneuvering among those involved in the Spanish publishing industry. Converging interests made strange bedfellows of the often left-wing authors and the staid officials appointed to stand guard over Francoist morality and to defend the supposed purity of Castilian Spanish. Between these two uneasily allied groups circulated larger-than-life real-world characters like the Barcelona publisher Carlos Barral and the all-powerful literary agent Carmen Balcells. The author details the fascinating story of how novels by Mario Vargas Llosa, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Gabriel García Márquez, and Manuel Puig achieved publication in Spain, and in doing so reached a worldwide market. This colorful account underpins a compelling claim that even the most innovative and aesthetically challenging literature has its roots in the economics of the book trade, as well as the institutions of government and the exigencies of everyday politics and ideology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791469866
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/03/2008
Series: SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

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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