Enterrados en papel: Excavaciones e investigaciones como tecnicas narrativas en "Estrella distante" de Roberto Bolano, "Ciudad ausente" de Ricardo Piglia, y "Los planetas" de Sergio Chejfec
Novitzki, F. Noble
Master of Arts
This thesis studies the relationship between the narrative techniques employed by three novels of the contemporary South American Southern Cone (Estrella distante by Roberto Bolano, Ciudad ausente by Ricardo Piglia, and Los planetas by Sergio Chejfec) and the practice of journalism in Argentina and Chile in the post-dictatorial period of the 1990s and 2000s. The analysis specifically targets these writers' views of the status of the journalistic project as a vehicle to tell truth about the Southern Cone's recent tragic histories and to preserve memory by making historical experience relevant to lived contemporary reality. The analysis attempts to show that although these writers sense a fundamental flaw in the public attempts to investigate, chronicle, and attribute the crimes of the past, they believe that a deep desire to excavate the past through investigation can be made mnemonically potent through its employment as the modus operandi of a novel's narrator.
Latin American literature