• Narconovela colombiana: narrativa de corte thanático

    Author: Adriana Sara Jastrzębska
    Institution: Universidad de Bielsko-Biała
    Year of publication: 2019
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    Pages: 193-210
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    PDF: sal/9/sal907.pdf

    Colombian narco novel: a Thanatotic narrative

    This article comprises an inventory of the motif of death within the narrative syntax of several Colombian narco novels. “Sicaresca” novels by Fernando Vallejo, Jorge Franco and Arturo Alape will be discussed. The construct of the characters, young contract killers, whose violent and premature deaths are seen as their fate, will be shown to display an indisputably “Thanatotic” facet. In the second part of this article, the ritual dimension of death, presented in the novels “Comandante Paraíso” by Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazábal and “Leopardo al sol” by Laura Restrepo, will be analysed. The last part will be dedicated to the iconic and symbolic dimension of Pablo Escobar’s death depicted in “El ruido de las cosas al caer” by Juan Gabriel Vásquez and “Happy birthday, capo” by José Libardo Porras.

  • Del rito ancestral al rito moderno. En torno a Leopardo al sol de Laura Restrepo

    Author: Adriana Sara Jastrzębska
    Institution: Universidad Jagellónica, Cracovia, Polonia
    Year of publication: 2020
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    Pages: 179-194
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    PDF: sal/10/sal1008.pdf

    From the ancestral rite to the modern rite. Around Leopardo al Sol by Laura Restrepo

    This article proposes an analysis of Laura Restrepo’s Leopardo al sol (1993), a novel that proposes a sociocultural interpretation of the impact of the illegal economies of drug trafficking on traditional society. By analyzing the ingredients of the convention and poetics narco in the text, we observe how the violence represented in Leopardo al sol takes the form of a particular syncretism of modern elements of a civilization of spectacle and archaic elements intrinsic to mentalities anchored in mythical and magical thinking.

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