Caught between the well-worn grooves the Boom and the Gen-X have left on the Latin American literary canon, the writing intellectuals that comprise what the Generation of ’72 have not enjoyed the same editorial acclaim or philological framing as the literary cohorts that bookend them. In sociopolitical terms, they neither fed into the Cold War-inflected literary prizes that sustained the Boom nor the surge in cultural capital in Latin American cities from which the writers associated with the Crack and McOndo have tended to write. This book seeks to approach the Generation of ’72 from the perspective of cosmopolitanism and global citizenship, a theoretical framework that lends a fresh and critical architecture to the unique experiences and formal responses of a group of intellectuals that wrote alongside globalization’s first wave.
[As] their title indicates, the organizers of this project have perceived a wider sociopolitical displacement than the traditional paradigms within which the boom authors still moved: the effects of globalization and, as part of globalization, the displacement of Latin American society toward nontraditional settings (the United States, the Netherlands, and, for women and queer writers, an alien Mexico)
David William Foster, Arizona State University"
This book is a useful contribution to the field of Latin American studies as it deals with the unusual subjects and the linguistic/narrative strategies of Latin America’s post-Boom literature
María E. Mayer, Pasadena City College