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Beyond BolañoThe Global Latin American Novel$
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Héctor Hoyos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168427

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168427.001.0001

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Nazi Tales from the Americas at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

Nazi Tales from the Americas at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

1 (p.33) Nazi Tales from the Americas at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
Beyond Bolaño

Héctor Hoyos

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Latin American novels dedicated to the trope of Nazism by focusing on Roberto Bolaño's Nazi Literature in the Americas (1996), In Search of Klingsor (1999) by Jorge Volpi, and Shadow Without a Name (2000) by Ignacio Padilla. In particular, it considers how Latin American stories of Nazism call to question any attempt to construct a purely literary, teleological historiography of world literature, and how they transform the international, marginal phenomenon of neo-Nazism into a displaced figure of globalization. By claiming the centrality of Nazism in global imagination, the chapter argues that such narratives position Latin American literature within contemporary discussions on the legacy of World War II, raising provocative questions about the proprietary relations of local historical memory in globalized times.

Keywords:   world literature, Latin American novel, Nazism, Roberto Bolaño, Nazi Literature in the Americas, In Search of Klingsor, Jorge Volpi, Ignacio Padilla, globalization, Latin American literature

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