Ten up and coming Latin American authors under 40 have taken front and center in the latest issue of Francis Ford Coppola's accalimed literary journal Zoetrope: All-Story. Many of the authors are being published for the very first time in English thanks to the award winning filmmaker.
Zoetrope: All-Story was founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1997. Coppola, inspired by all the time he spent in Buenos Aires last year while shooting his upcoming film Tetro, began to school himself in Latin America literature, eventually deciding to dedicate an issue to new authors. Michael Ray, the editor of the award-winning quarterly told the NY Daily News, "I wasn’t familiar with current Latin American literature." So the pair brought in Peruvian-born writer and journalist Daniel Alarcón to guest edit Zoetrope’s Latin American issue.
Alarcón admitted that they were very open with the selection process: "I’m not a literary critic. In the end, taste is taste, and we picked the stories we liked the best."
The result is an incredibly diverse selection of young authors from all over Latin America. From Ronaldo Menéndez’s hysterical "Insular Menu" about food rationing in Cuba to Argentinian Patricio Pron’s tale of a porn star learning to live with AIDS, there is something for everyone in this collection of quirky, touching and insightful tales.
For his part, Alarcón hopes the issue will be a fresh introduction for the American reader to what's happening all across Latin America, "The lens through which [the U.S.] views Latin America, especially its literature, has been lagging behind reality for a while."