Abstract

This article attempts to reveal larger patterns similar to those involved in chaos theory that are often overlooked in contemporary Latin American literature, described by literary critics as the most creative milieu of the modern period. The overt reference to modern quantum physics and chaos theory in the work of Jorge Luis Borges has long been recognized. However, it is the authors’ belief that this focus on quantum physics and continuums has also long been a part of literary works that form part of the boom movement. The boom period also focuses on the political milieu, which surfaces in Latin American literature as a tradition of the fantastic, or magical realism. These elements are brought together through the kind of time that is only found in quantum physics: simultaneity.

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