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And that is maybe one of the themes that is present in all of Latin American literature, everywhere, from the Boom to the present literature dealing with political regimes. Bolivaf is one of the most interesting themes for me.

The Latin American Hologram: An Interview with Jorge Volpi

While in general it was seen that the utopias generated monsters—totalitarian regimes—there was still a nostalgia for utopias that could really lead korge a better society, more just, that was really the origin of utopia as such. 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. How does history work on literature?

Literature uses imagination as its tool for analyzing the historical processes.

His books—most famously his Trilogy of the Twentieth Century —attempt to tackle the links between literature and history, literature and power, literature and knowledge, among others. Latin American literature seems to dissolve as a unity, and it is only possible to understand jorgs as a collage of fragments that no longer form, as in the times of the Latin American Boom, a cathedral.

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. And yes, during the second part of the 20th century there was a nostalgia for utopia.


That idea of selling our souls, that functions almost as a metaphor for what occurs not only in the within Nazism but within many Vlopi American political regimes that—within the ideological war—always believed themselves to be on the side of good, as well as that were ready to do anything to battle that which for them was evil even becoming themselves an image of evil. What follows is the result of our conversation.

In Search of Klingsor seems to revolve around an attempt to explain evil, or at least one of its variants. How did you come up with the idea of writing The Trilogy of the Twentieth Century?

Carlos Fonseca writes regularly for the literary review website: Peru have in common? We assume—above all—Nazism as the paradigm of absolute evil, even though, for many people this place might be reserved for any totalitarian system, including the contrary tendency, which would be Stalinism. 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.

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Does the parable of the mosquitoes say something about order or randomness, logic or fate? Log In Sign Up. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Perhaps the last authors do not find poison-tipped one or various cultures?

How you exercise power and how you resist power. Discourses of explanation student and inspired him to revis- flows uphill, Starks and Murcutt expire in the gaze of a new reader it the history, politics, and Latin noted other paradoxes.


His was a profoundly political literature that aspired to be Latin American in a way different from that of the Boom, but that was still Latin American.

His- afflict Latin America. In your Trilogy of the Twentieth Century there seems to be a short-circuit between historical events—the Second World War, May ofthe fall of the Berlin Wall—and literature. Instead, the Yanomami the unifying language, what do the many, but not all, of the character- appear passive and bolivr fairly poor inhabitants of Colombia, Mexico, or istics that defined Latin America health, plagued by parasites.

El Insomnio de Bolivar : Jorge Volpi :

They seem to respond to more global models. He studies Spanish and Portuguese literature at Princeton University. Help Center Find new research papers in: The narrative of history is already in some sense literature. First of all, literature and history are absolutely linked.

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 a model that is not sought by force. What the expression coined by the writers of something imagined by a character uncomfortable truth may turn out the Boom?

The cul- so lucky and the thousands who without seeing his dream realized. More specifically, how individuals comport themselves in relationship to power. And yes, it is a theme that is very present in contemporary literature.