“Naughty” E-magazine takes Latin American literature seriously

NBC Latino

Literary magazines are a cherished tradition of Latin American culture. A great example is Sur, the legendary journal that during the 1940s and 50s helped disseminate the masterpieces of 20th century Modernism in the region. It also prepared the ground for the literary Boom of the 1960s.

Now, thanks to the Internet and the expansion of online media, today there is a renaissance of those magazines—in digital format. And one of the most successful examples comes from upstate New York – and it is bilingual.

Traviesa” –that’s its name—is the brainchild of Bolivian writer Rodrigo Hasbún and his Guatemalan colleague Rodrigo Fuentes, both Cornell University PhD students. “We met at a writers’ workshop and started talking about the dearth of contemporary Spanish-language fiction available in the U.S.,” say Hasbún and Fuentes in a joint e-mail response. Some of those writers—like Hasbún himself, listed one of the Best Young…

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