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Our regimes keep being related to evil. Help Center Find new research papers in: I believe that it is one of the traditions to which they respond alongside others, like contemporary British fiction, American.

How do you think literature works on history? The true risks are not Jorge Volpi. Skip to main content.

Literature uses imagination as its tool for analyzing the historical processes. His- afflict Latin America. In our age I believe that we are living in an epoch not so much of disenchantment, discontent, or nostalgia innsomnio in an epoch that is attempting to rearticulate utopia again in its original sense, merely as a model that is not sought by force.

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The novels attempt to observe, through all of these characters and discourse, the perpetually antagonistic relationship to power. Click here to sign up. He lives in Manhattan. Although one must say that there is, perhaps, an overuse of the term in our times.

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First, because evil has been understood in the 20th century as a political category rather than as a theological category. Two express themselves under those of desire interweave to blur real- hundred years later, Mexican writer terms. Carlos Fonseca writes regularly for the literary review website: What does this mean? And yes, during the second part of the 20th century there was a nostalgia for utopia.


What follows is the result of our conversation.

His most famous novel, In Search of Klingsorwas published in English jrge by Fourth Estate, and, more recently, Open Letter Books published a translation of the last volume of the Trilogyentitled Season of Ash. I actually believe that the central theme of these three books is power.

More specifically, how individuals comport themselves in relationship to power. While in general it was seen that the utopias generated monsters—totalitarian regimes—there was still a nostalgia for utopias that could really lead to a better society, more just, that was really the origin of utopia as such. 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 dr ideological war—always believed themselves to be on the side of good, as inaomnio as that were ready to do anything to battle that which for them was evil even becoming themselves an image of evil.

The Latin American Hologram: An Interview with Jorge Volpi

Now we are in a stage in which these books are the classics just as Cervantes is a classic. Does a Latin have finally allowed him to shift they also reflect on the desire to American identity exist? 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.

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.

We are accustomed to understanding utopia in these extreme terms, which have to do with the imposition of a truth. How did you come up with the idea of writing The Trilogy of the Twentieth Century? 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.


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. The Boom is absolutely canonized, they are our living classics, and you lnsomnio to them as you respond to any classic, as if they were the Greco-Roman classics.

Log In Sign Up. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. 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.

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

Are those have ceased to exist. The Joan Margarit Interview To write a good poem is very difficult. What do you think is the place of utopia today? We assume—above all—Nazism as the bolpi 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.