De Gabo a Mario: Una breve historia del boom latinoamericano by Angel Esteban, Ana Gallego

By Angel Esteban, Ana Gallego

Dos narradores extraordinarios, Gabo y Mario, el poeta y el arquitecto, Lennon y McCartney, el turco y el indio, protagonizan una de las amistades más férreas de toda los angeles literatura common. Esos mismos amigos, diez años más tarde, terminan su relación con una pelea que llega hasta los puños. Cobijados bajo sus regrettably, un conjunto de escritores, los mejores del continente latinoamericano, se reúnen, celebran, se escriben y viven juntos aventuras apasionantes. Las novelas más sobresalientes del siglo xx en español, los grandes premios literarios, los contratos millonarios, los congresos y las fiestas, las cartas, todo eso, y mucho más, es lo que llegó a conocerse como el increase de l. a. literatura hispanoamericana. Una pléyade de autores y obras sin parangón en l. a. lengua de Cervantes desde el primer Siglo de Oro. Las décadas de los sesenta y los setenta constituyeron, indudablemente, l. a. segunda edición de una edad privilegiada para las letras hispánicas.

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Aristotle commented: Must no one at all, then, be called happy while he lives; must we, as Solon says [in enunciating this apothegm], see the end? Even if we are to lay down this doctrine, is it also the case that a man is happy when he is dead ? Or is this not quite absurd, especially for us who say that happiness is an activity? 5 A p o t h e g m and D i c t u m 2 5 A man cannot be happy when alive, for he has not yet seen his last day; but he cannot be happy when dead, for happiness demands activity and life.

At other times the relationship turns out to be considerably more complex. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire contains many brilliant sardonic maxims, but it does considerably more. Maxims themselves achieve a new richness as Gibbon’s very long book deploys them. In Middlemarch, George Eliot formulates maxims worthy of La Rochefoucauld and apothegms as good as Samuel Johnson’s. But the book could hardly be considered just an expansion of these. The very fact that some long works contain examples of more than one short genre illustrates one way in which aphorisms can be developed.

Darwin argued that there actually is a natural classification system and that Linneaus, by instinct and experience, came pretty close to it. The “natural system,” Darwin argues, is “genealogical” and so “community of descent is the hidden bond which naturalists have been unconsciously seeking” (Darwin, 420). In referring to species as “related,” Linneaus thought he was speaking metaphorically, but he needed to take the metaphor literally. —an answer is ready: it illuminates the structure, habits, and distribution of organisms by tracing their history.

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