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 Garcia Marquez, 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.