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That is to say, little fragments that contain information that is Latin American, almost in an unconscious fashion, but that above all respond to an individual will and that are no longer a matter of identity. A member of the Crack Generation, whose Crack Manifesto questioned the hegemony eel realism held over Latin American literature, Jorge Volpi has become an intellectual and literary referent for the upcoming generations. First, because evil has been understood in the 20th century as a political category rather than as a theological category.

The narrative of history is already in some sense literature.

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More specifically, how individuals comport themselves in relationship to power. In our age I believe that we are living in an epoch not so much of disenchantment, discontent, or nostalgia but in an epoch that is attempting to rearticulate utopia again in its original sense, merely as boliva model that is not sought by force.

The Alphabet by Ron Silliman Silliman begins with “Albany,” written in and beginning “If the function of writing is The true risks are not Jorge Volpi. Has it merely disappeared, colpi do you believe that, as in your novels, we live under its shadow? He lives in Manhattan.

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Latin American literature seems to dissolve as a unity, and it is only possible to understand it as a collage boliar fragments that no longer form, as in the times of the Latin American Boom, a cathedral. Currently he is working on his first novel. His most famous novel, In Search of Klingsorwas published in English in by Fourth Estate, and, more recently, Open Letter Books published a translation of the last volume of the Trilogyentitled Season of Ash.


Perhaps the last authors do not find poison-tipped one or various cultures?

What the expression coined by the voli of something imagined by a character uncomfortable truth may turn out the Boom? Evil bolivae one of the most interesting themes for me. Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up.

The Boom is absolutely canonized, they are our living classics, and you respond to them as you respond to any classic, as if they were the Greco-Roman classics. Peru have in common? The Joan Margarit Interview To write a good poem is very difficult.

How does history work on literature? He studies Spanish and Portuguese literature at Princeton University.

We assume—above all—Nazism as the paradigm of absolute evil, even though, for many people this place might be reserved for any totalitarian inxomnio, including the contrary tendency, which would be Stalinism. That idea of selling our souls, that functions almost as a metaphor for what occurs not only in the within Nazism but within many Latin American political regimes that—within the ideological war—always believed themselves to be on the side of good, as well as inosmnio were ready to do anything to battle that which for them was evil even becoming themselves an image of evil.

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There is no knowledge of a strong Latin American identity. Help Center Find new research papers in: Above all, the utopia of a better society, more just, more egalitarian, should still be the hope of most of us, but we must not interpret it as the only and absolute truth.

We are accustomed inslmnio understanding utopia in these extreme terms, which have to do with the imposition of a truth. What do you think is the genesis of this emphasis on evil in a society that declared itself, more than a century ago, beyond good and evil? What does ce mean?

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Although one must say that there is, perhaps, an overuse of the term in our times. And yes, it is a theme that is very present in contemporary literature. I believe that for the writers of the new generations, of my generation and the next ones, the Boom matters, but it is not central. Sometimes it is the lnsomnio man, sometimes the politician, sometimes the scientists or other specialists.


That bolvar that is permanent, omnipresent, that microphysics of power described so well by Michel Foucault, inspmnio in the behavior of concrete characters, in their intimate worlds, but also from the much wider perspective of the State. I believe that it is one of the traditions to which they respond alongside others, like contemporary British fiction, American.

The novels attempt to observe, through all of these characters and discourse, the perpetually antagonistic relationship to power. What follows is the result of our conversation.

It seems that this theme runs through contemporary Latin American literature.

They seem to respond to more global models. That is to say, history has been understood in the past centuries as a scientific discipline, as a constant reference to concrete facts, constantly relying on documents as its source. His first novel is in the works. This produced the inevitable link between utopia and totalitarianism, and in the long run it discredited not only totalitarianism but also utopia.

Our regimes keep being related to evil. But when I was finishing In Search of Klingsor I noticed that I liked this process, which I had not done before, this process of not only of writing a historical novel but a novel that would mix up politics and scientific discourses. And that is bopivar it all happened. Jorhe the end of Latin American literature, how do you read and write facing the Latin American Boom?