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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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All the World’s a Supermarket

All the World’s a Supermarket

(And All the Men and Women Merely Shoppers)

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(p.96) 3 All the World’s a Supermarket
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Beyond Bolaño
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Héctor Hoyos

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168427.003.0003

This chapter examines the supermarket as a representation of global capitalism by offering a reading of Mano de obra (Labor, 2002) by the Chilean avant-gardist Diamela Eltit. Mano de obra is an experimental narrative where it is no longer the case that “all the world is a stage,” but rather, the world is now a supermarket. The chapter explores the novel's allusions to Chile's labor history within the context of international worker solidarity and to its paradoxical documentation of the cultural specificity of a non-place such as a supermarket. It situates Mano de obra both in regard to the experience of neoliberalism in Chile and to the present situation of literary practices within late capitalism. It also compares Mano de obra to another Latin American novel, Mala onda (1991) by Alberto Fuguet.

Keywords:   supermarket, capitalism, Mano de obra, Diamela Eltit, Chile, labor history, neoliberalism, Latin American novel, Mala onda, Alberto Fuguet

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