This book introduces readers to the evolution of modern fiction in Spanish-speaking Latin America. # Presents Latin American fiction in its cultural and political contexts. # Introduces debates about how to read this literature. # Combines an overview of the evolution of modern Latin American fiction with detailed studies of key texts. # Discusses authors such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez, Jorge Luis Borges and Isabel Allende. # Covers nation-building narratives, ‘modernismo’, the New Novel, the Boom, the Post-Boom, Magical Realism, Hispanic fiction in the USA, and more.