39 steps from Márquez
Me entero por The Literary Saloon sobre este artículo de Francesca Segal en The Observer sobre la presencia de algunos de los escritores de Bogotá39 en el Hay Festival de Cartagena.
Dice la nota: "The best of these rising stars were showcased in Bogota last August, 39 writers under the age of 39, brought together in association with the Hay Literary Festival and Unesco's World Book Capital. Since last year, the Bogota 39 have received increasing and well-deserved attention and have begun, for the first time, to read and to communicate with one another in their writing, diverse talents slowly coalescing into a generation bound by more than simply chronology. Ten of them appeared in Segovia last September; last week, another 10 came to Cartagena. In a cafe shaded by the high walls of the Claustro de Santo Domingo, they discussed why they believe this resurgence has taken so long. 'It's very simple - the Latin American boom castrated the generation that followed it,' explained Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vazquez. 'Of course Garcia Marquez and Vargas Llosa opened the doors for what followed, but that generation was so strong in both talent and presence that it completely conditioned the preconceptions of South American literature in Europe. Now, we are the grandsons who are profiting from what they did, but no longer overshadowed by them.' As a fellow Colombian on the list, Antonio Ungar agrees. 'It used to be very clear. You were either writing with Garcia Marquez or against him. My generation is lucky. We're free from those big stars of magical realism. There was a generation in the middle that wasn't, but for us it's just another classical influence.'
(...) Vazquez believes that the Bogota 39 initiative is simply the beginning. 'Nobody expects us to write about yellow butterflies any more - we've filtered out the negatives from our legacy and still received the best from the boom generation. I don't think we have a group consciousness, thankfully, but this is a very rich generation. I'm sure among the 39 of us there are several that will be future classics.'