Magazines feed the grandchildren of the 'boom' | Culture
The grandchildren and children of boom They have been walking alone for a while. They are names that dominate the scenarios of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina or Peru, and many gathered last week at the International Book Fair of Guadalajara (Mexico). We speak of Guadalupe Nettel, Alejandro Zambra, Juan Villoro or Claudia Piñeiro, for example, who travel these aisles that also transit Ida Vitale, Elena Poniatowska or Sergio Ramírez. Now the new boom It is everywhere and has an essential support: Spanish-American literary magazines.
They are now a school of authors from both sides: literature and journalism. It will be time until you talk about the Boom of the Grandchildren, but there is already reason to stop referring to them as scattered individuals. It still has not stung, it seems, the bug of envy that makes writers look askance.
One of those publications is Ñ, that publishes the Argentine newspaper Clarion since 2003. Then, the editor of the newspaper, Ricardo Kirschbaum, and the head of the new magazine, Juan Bedoian, disembarked at the International Congress of the Spanish Language in Rosario, in 2004, (that of Fontanarrosa's speech) with copies under the arm. Ñ, Matilde Sánchez, who is also a novelist, was able to accommodate those who confronted the newspaper in those times of intrepid political controversy between Kirchner and anti-Kirchner. Said his deputy editor-general, Raquel Garzón, who also worked in EL PAÍS, "which was one of the few massive spaces for intellectual debate that was left out of the crack that then divided Argentine society."
They wanted, says Juan Bedoian in the editorial of the commemorative number of the 15 years, to exceed "the conventional terrain of literature and art" and mix everything with what happens to society.
That is the pattern of these new magazines. This is how he behaves The Malpensante Colombian. They have made their digital work a decisive protection of the paper. It was founded by Andrés Hoyos in 1996. In Peru, Black Label, directed by Julio Villanueva Chang, has welcomed the new chroniclers. Now hibernated, the Lima publication would have been impossible without Argentina Beat, directed by Daniel Ulanovsky Sack, as it would be unimaginable today Amphibious, directed by the Chilean writer Cristian Alarcón, without the background of Black Label
Y Leopard, also Colombian, under the command of Miguel Silva, Rafael Molano and Felipe Restrepo, is still the support of a new school of journalism of chronicles. Says Restrepo: "The magazine is a vehicle among writers of the continent, a dialogue between generations, with texts by veterans and young people. It is a panoramic view of Latin America. I like to think that he has helped create a non-fiction writing school in Spanish. I am proud that we have played a role in the construction of this boom recent".
He has also been reborn The country, from Montevideo, centennial already, the supplement that the legendary Homero Alsina Thevenet, the teacher of the Argentine journalist Leila Guerriero, for example, opened in his day to the grandparents of boom, included Juan Carlos Onetti. And in Chile it resists The Clinic, a magazine that had an exceptional birth: was born in 1998 in journalism to give news of the long agony of the dictator Pinochet. Always in charge of Pato Fernández, he is still healthy, giving, among others, the chronicles of this master of the genre.
In Nicaragua, Sergio Ramírez heads Cover for 14 years. It's digital, especially with young people ("you have to search, veterans are always available") and has 35,000 "certified" readers. He, nephew of that old man boom, agrees that now "there is a Latin American boombang At boom There were six writers and there were no women. Now there are hundreds and there are many women. "
In Mexico, the magazine of the Autonomous University, born in 1930, has reached the hands of one of those granddaughters. It's Guadalupe Nettel, one of the most important writers of the new generation. She believes that, with everything, "literary magazines are in danger of extinction." "But his role was fundamental for there to be an intellectual debate, as well as a quality dialogue, deeper and more argumentative than the one given in the networks. And yes, I think we are influencing the existence of a resurgence. "
That she is in charge of a magazine of such old age is a metaphor that the new boom Latin American, the boom of the grandchildren, He is already here and screams like a newborn.