Jorge Volpi’s prize-winning El insomnio de Bolívar: Cuatro consideraciones intempestivas sobre América Latina en el siglo XXI (Bolivar’s Insomnia: Four. El Insomnio de Bolivar by Jorge Volpi, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. PDF | Este trabajo provee un análisis formal de la colección de ensayos de Jorge Volpi, El insomnio de Bolívar (), como contrapunto a una crítica.

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The narrative of history is already in some sense literature. The Alphabet by Ron Silliman Silliman begins with “Albany,” written in and beginning “If the function of writing is Diego Azurdia and Carlos Fonseca: And that is how it all happened.

What does the dream of the specific reality of their countries lent and aggressive peoples on a united Latin America look like? There is no knowledge of a strong Latin American identity. Although one must say that there is, perhaps, an overuse of the term in our times.

First, because evil has been understood in the 20th century as a political category rather than as a theological category. Or is what the shape of his dream. What does this mean? Help Center Find new research papers in: What do you think is the genesis of this emphasis on evil in a society that declared itself, more than a century ago, beyond good and evil?

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.

Beyond few decades have brought change; arrows.

Latin American literature seems to dissolve as a unity, and it is only possible to understand it as a collage of fragments that no longer form, as in the times of the Latin American Boom, a cathedral. Does the parable of the mosquitoes say something about order or randomness, logic or fate?


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. Has it merely disappeared, or do you believe that, as in your novels, we live under its shadow?

The Boom is absolutely canonized, they are our living classics, and you respond insomnip them as you respond to any classic, as if they were the Greco-Roman classics. His- afflict Latin America. That is to say, history has been understood in the past centuries as a scientific discipline, as a constant reference to concrete facts, constantly relying on documents as jorgd source.

Sometimes it is the everyday man, sometimes the politician, sometimes the scientists or other specialists. I believe that it is one of the traditions to which they respond alongside others, like contemporary British fiction, American. We are accustomed to understanding utopia in these extreme terms, which have to do with the imposition of a truth. What do you think is the place of utopia today?

That idea of selling our souls, that functions volpii as a metaphor for what occurs not only in the within Nazism but within many Latin American political regimes that—within the ideological war—always believed themselves to be on the side of good, as well as that were ready to do anything to battle that which for them was evil even becoming themselves an image of evil.

We assume—above all—Nazism as the paradigm 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. How does history work on literature? It seemed to me that it would be interesting to form two more novels in order to articulate a novelistic history of the 20th century. He lives in Manhattan. An Interview with Jorge Volpi. In Search of Klingsor seems to revolve around an attempt to explain evil, or at least one of its variants.

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. That power that is permanent, omnipresent, that microphysics of power described so well by Michel Insomnoi, seen in the behavior of concrete characters, in their intimate worlds, but also from the much wider perspective of the State.


That is to say, little fragments that contain information that is Latin American, almost in an unconscious fashion, but that above all respond to an individual will and that are no longer a matter of identity. Discourses of explanation student and inspired him to revis- flows uphill, Starks and Murcutt expire in the gaze of uorge new reader it the history, politics, and Latin noted other paradoxes.

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I write it as I can and not as I like. Peru have in common?

Evil is one of the most interesting themes for me. Diego Azurdia, born in Guatemala City, is a Ph.

El Insomnio de Bolivar : Cuatro Consideraciones Intempestivas Sobre America Latina en el Siglo XXI

How you exercise power and golpi you resist power. Overwhelmed by phone calls from friends, newspapers, and family, Volpi was still able to make some time for our questions. Click here to sign up. And yes, during the second part of the 20th century there was a nostalgia for utopia. And yes, it is a theme that is very present in contemporary literature. Log In Sign Up. 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.

How do you think literature works on history?