African Passions Historical Context

Beatriz Rivera
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Magic Realism in Latin American Literature

Although not restricted to Latin American literature, magic realism holds a strong court in the writings of Hispanic authors. Some of the more famous examples of such writing include Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, and Isabel Allende's Love and Shadows.

The term magic realism was first coined by German art critic Franz Roh in the late 1920s, but the phrase did not really catch on until Miguel Angel Asturias (from Guatemala) used the term to describe his writing when he received the Nobel Prize (1967) for his life's work in literature. Many of Rivera's stories take on the style of magic realism, such as the appearance of African gods in "African Passions."

Fidel Castro and Cuban Emigration

The United States occupied Cuba from 1899 to 1901 under a military governor, General John...

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