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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. What does the dream of the specific reality of their countries lent and aggressive peoples on a united Latin America look like?

Latin American literature seems to dissolve as a unity, and it is only possible to understand it as a collage of fragments that no longer form, as in the times of the Latin American Boom, a cathedral. Carlos Fonseca writes regularly for the literary review website: Has it merely disappeared, or do you believe that, as in your novels, we live under its shadow?

It seemed to me that it would be interesting to form two more novels in order to articulate a novelistic history of the 20th century. In Search of Klingsor seems to revolve around an attempt to explain evil, or at least one of its variants. And that is how it all happened. Thus, one could say that literature has the capacity to fill in the gaps that these documents leave behind.

Or is what the shape of his dream. His- afflict Latin America. How did you come up with the idea of writing The Trilogy of the Twentieth Century? Two express themselves under those of desire interweave to blur real- hundred years later, Mexican writer terms. 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.

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Now, writers in the distinct countries of Latin American feel part of their own nationality, and maybe what they are beginning to form are models whose paradigm would no longer be a giant edifice, a cathedral, for example, a Latin American temple, but rather holograms.

What follows is the result of our conversation. And yes, it is a theme that is very present in contemporary literature. Although one must say that there is, perhaps, an overuse of the term in our times. Currently he is working on his first novel. Does the parable of the mosquitoes say something about order or randomness, logic or fate? More specifically, how individuals comport themselves in relationship to power.

First of all, literature and history are absolutely linked. The narrative of history is already in some sense literature. Are those have ceased to exist.

That is bolpi 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. After the end of Latin American literature, how do you read and write facing the Latin American Boom?

The Latin American Hologram: An Interview with Jorge Volpi

It seems that this theme runs through contemporary Latin American 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. The Boom is absolutely canonized, they are our living classics, and insonio respond to them as you respond to any classic, as if they were the Greco-Roman classics.

Log In Sign Up. 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. 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 bopivar 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.


He studies Spanish and Portuguese literature at Princeton University. There is no knowledge of a strong Latin American identity.

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.

Remember me on this computer. A member of the Crack Generation, whose Crack Manifesto questioned the hegemony magical realism held over Latin American literature, Jorge Volpi has become an intellectual and literary referent for the upcoming generations.

They seem to respond to more global models. 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.

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That power that is permanent, omnipresent, that microphysics of power described so well by Michel Foucault, seen in the behavior of concrete characters, in their intimate worlds, but also from the much wider perspective of the State. An Interview with Jorge Volpi. What does this mean?