Libros Schmibros Book Club: Where the Air Is Clear
In the 1960s, Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, and Cortazar epitomized what was called "the Boom" in Latin-American literature. Inspired by exhibitions of Mexico City-based artists Mario Garcia Torres and Pedro Reyes (and the upcoming Pacific Standard Time initiative devoted to Latin America), the club will tackle the 1958 debut novel where El Boum arguably began: Carlos Fuentes' classic of Mexico City, Where the Air Is Clear.
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