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Nueva narrativa

The Nueva narrativa (new narrative) or Nueva narrativa chilena de los noventa (New Chilean narrative of the 90s) to give it its full title, was a group of Chilean writers who came to fame in the 1990s, though started writing in the 1980s or even before. Many of them were influenced by a literary workshop given by José Donoso. All of them were living under the Pinochet dictatorship.

There was no manifesto and, indeed, many of the writers were writing in different styles and on different topics. However, it was a term used by the press to describe writers who were moving away from their predecessors and, in particular, from the magic realism and the Latin American Boom writers. Indeed, unlike these two movements, this was very much a homegrown movement.

Though they were very well-read, their main influences were English-language and, particularly, US writers. Because they were so diverse, there were realist and neo-realist writers, writers of detective novels and even fantasy writers. Many of the books made use of popular culture and many were post-modern.

Key writers included: Gonzalo Contreras, Alberto Fuguet, Arturo Fontaine Talavera, Carlos Franz, Ana María del Río,​ Carlos Cerda, Darío Oses, Marco Antonio de la Parra, José Leandro Urbina, Sergio Gómez and Pablo Azócar.

Other links

Nueva narrativa chilena de los noventa (in Spanish)
Narradores chilenos de la década de 1980 (in Spanish)
La nueva narrativa chilena (in Spanish)
De Que Hablamos Cuando Decimos “Nueva Narrativa Chilena” (in Spanish)
Nueva Narrativa Chilena: ¿Modernismo o posmodernismo? (in Spanish)

See also:

René Arcos Leví: Nueva narrativa chilena