Latin America and North Africa: Latin American Iconography in Arabic Literature

Chapter Title

Latin America and North Africa: Latin American Iconography in Arabic Literature

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English & Comparative Literature Department

Description

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Latin American writers frequently traveled to North Africa and produced novels and travelogues informed by these encounters. Arab writers, in turn, have drawn upon Latin American literature, culture, and iconography. Examining direct contact between Latin America and North Africa, I turn to Latin American-themed literature from North Africa, focusing especially on Arabic literature. This chapter focuses on Egyptian writer Mohamed Makhzangi’s Laḥaẓāt gharaq jazīrat al-ḥūt (Memories of a Meltdown: An Egyptian between Moscow and Chernobyl), a memoir-cum-travelogue modeled on Gabriel García Márquez’s literary reportage in Relato de un náufrago (The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor) and La Aventura de Miguel Littín: clandestino en Chile (Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littín) and Arabic literature that draws upon Latin American literature and iconography, thus fortifying cultural ties between Latin America and North Africa.

Publication Date

2020

Document Type

Book Chapter

Book Title

América Latina – África del Norte – España: lazos culturales, intelectuales y literarios del colonialismo español al antiimperialismo tercermundista

Editors

Stephanie Fleischmann and Ana Nenadovic

ISBN

978-84-9192-152-3

Publisher

Iberoamericana Vervuert

City

Berlin

First Page

221

Last Page

232

Keywords

Latin America, North Africa, Latin American iconography, Arabic literature

Disciplines

Arabic Language and Literature | Comparative Literature

Latin America and North Africa: Latin American Iconography in Arabic Literature

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