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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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Globalization as Form

(p.1) Introduction
Beyond Bolaño

Héctor Hoyos

Columbia University Press

This book explores the strategies that allow Latin American authors to reflect upon the experience of globalization and to situate themselves beyond the boundaries of national literatures. To this end, it analyzes a corpus of what it calls “the global Latin American novel”: novels by Chileans, Argentines, Colombians, Brazilians, and Mexicans. The focus is on the works of Roberto Bolaño, César Aira, Fernando Vallejo, Diamela Eltit, Chico Buarque, and Mario Bellatin. The book considers how these works cultivate the tension between the particular and the general, or the local and the global, as their art. Chapters tackle plots of impossible escapism, the trope of Nazism, supermarkets as representation of global capitalism, the confluence of the global networks of Christianity and drug trafficking, and the concerns and methods of contemporary art as a strategy for global inscription.

Keywords:   contemporary art, globalization, Latin American novel, Roberto Bolaño, escapism, Nazism, supermarkets, capitalism, Christianity, drug trafficking

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