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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

If there is a saying “Explosion of Latin American literature” : what would be the relation between you and the tide (or phenomenon) of literature?

I do believe that the so called explosion of Latin American literature was, in the years 1980, responsible for a kind of text that does not separate the reality that we can see (like seas, tables, or papers) from the reality that we cannot see (feelings, spirituality, love) but that affects our life on the same level. That’s why this movement was called “fantastic realism”. As for me, I am more concentrated in writing my books than in connecting my literature with this or that school or tradition. I leave this for the scholars.

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