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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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The Cosmopolitics of South–South Escapism

The Cosmopolitics of South–South Escapism

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Beyond Bolaño

Héctor Hoyos

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the cosmopolitics of what it calls “novels of South–South escapism,” works that present fantasies of evasion through leisurely travel to destinations other than the more usual (for Latin American travelers) Western Europe and the United States, by offering a reading of Chico Buarque's 2003 book Budapest (Budapeste). Budapesttouches on the Nazism motif but takes it in a different direction. It shows, by stretching its own pact of verisimilitude to its limits, that in a growingly interconnected world there are no faraway lands. Drawing on Ernst Bloch's reflections on utopianism and ideology, the chapter considers the obsolescence of escapism in a world dominated by the paradigm of immanence, no more by that of transcendence. At the same time, that immanent space is weighted toward what could loosely be called a South–South relation, bypassing the presumed Euro-Atlantic centers of world history, world literature, and capitalism.

Keywords:   cosmopolitics, novel, escapism, leisurely travel, Chico Buarque, Budapest, Ernst Bloch, utopianism, South–South relation, capitalism

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