Latin America

Five bizarre pandemic stories that could only happen in Latin America

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Empty streets of Bogota, Colombia. Photo: Juan Camilo Jaramillo/Shutterstock

“Magical realism,” the literary style of fiction that paints a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements, was born in Latin America. And that is fitting, as the region is often the stage for events that just seem too odd to be true. Presumably, Latin American authors growing up in this peculiar milieu naturally brought it to their fiction. Even amid the Covid-19 crisis—which is only beginning to hit the Americas with force—we have seen plenty of bizarre and odd events that could have come straight out of Borges, Asturias, or Garcia Márquez.

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