This essay explores the possibilities of interpreting the forced disappearance of the 43 students from the Escuela Normal in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, through the literary lens of Los recuerdos del porvenir by Elena Garro. The social fragmentation of the fictional town proves crucial to understanding how structural, cultural, and direct violence determine notions of memory, silence, insurrection, and impunity in the novel. Given that many of the underlying conflicts depicted through the fictional writing are still present in everyday life in Guerrero today, they can illuminate key aspects of both the crimes depicted in the novel and those perpetrated in Iguala in , thereby shedding light on how literary texts provide insights into the edifice and machinations of violence. Ayotzinapa, Elena Garro, Los recuerdos del porvenir , memory, social fragmentation, violence. Despite Elena Garro's marginalized status in terms of the all-male literary grouping of writers and novels known as Latin America's "Boom,'' her rendering of history and memory in Los recuerdos del porvenir , paired with its controversial female protagonists, experimental narrative style, and use of the notion of time as both trope and topic has earned the novel a place in many syllabi and arguably also in the canon of twentieth-century Spanish American literature.
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View all 23 comments. Quisiera no tener memoria o convertirme en el piadoso polvo para escapar a la condena de mirarme. Y vienen otras generaciones a repetir sus mismos gestos y su mismo asombro final. Al final, como siempre, pierden los mismos, ganan los mismos, una y otra vez, sin remedio. View all 11 comments. View all 3 comments. Nada tiene que pedirle Elena Garro al resto de los escritores del boom latinoamericano.
Uno se queda con ganas de seguir leyendo al cerrar el libro. View all 4 comments. Es un libro maravilloso. Neta un librazo. Esta novela es un portento. Asi, plas. Pero Garro mantiene el equilibrio. Una injusticia! Ixtepec es Iguala. I think as a writer is great, one of those that appear once every hundred years. I think it's the greatest novelist of the twentieth century. Thanks for the recommendation, Mr.
I feel like usually when I read a book, I start out really excited about it, and then half-way through I still like it, but my excitement drops. But my excitement never dropped while reading this book. Too bad more of her books aren't translated to "And Elena Garro, that I adore. Too bad more of her books aren't translated to English. It's a book with a serpentine, though also kind of straight-forward, plot. The book is narrated by the town of Ixtepec, describing its own townspeople and the General who ruled over the town.
Often, the town would say something like "And then the Moncada brothers walked through my streets" or something, which is kind of amusing, but also thankfully doesn't happen enough to be annoying. I don't know how to describe what happens. Some have larger roles than others, but they're all brought to life with very human characteristics and seem very real though the prose is sometimes surreal or magically-real.
We have the whores in the whorehouse, the main families and all their relatives, we have a madman, we have some old widows and a few traitors, we have the General and his men and the hotel owner and the baker, etc.
Anyway, you really get invested in their lives because Garros is able to inhabit their thoughts, dreams, and memories through the town's voice. Then, umm The first part is all about Julia the General's mistress and a mysterious stranger who came to town. The first part ends pretty climactically and leads to and casts a shadow on what happens in the second part. I love the way she writes only part of the story, and as a reader you just have to trust that things will be explained later on.
I felt partially in the dark most of the time. I'd really love to discuss this book with someone who's read it, but unfortunately it seems like not many people have read it. The play was the illusion that the town needed in part 1, and perhaps the whole first part gave people a sense of false hope, but we find out how that was dangerous in the second part.
For the longest time I thought that she was playing a game to somehow get back at the General, but when it seemed like she really did love him, it really puzzled me. I was saddened that the book ended on her instead of the townspeople. What did her betrayal mean? It seems the Moncada family have really defeated him emotionally , but I just don't know if I'm convinced of it yet. Partly because Isabella was able to force him to think about the absence of Julia, but was that it?
Or also maybe make him feel ashamed? I loved how even the worst villians in this novel, like the General, had very fleshed out emotions and thoughts and are very human and relatable. Is this related to the theme of time standing still? Time being also trapped? People being trapped in the past? Or trapped in illusion? As a way to deal? Lastly, this book was so enjoyable to read that I didn't want it to end and also part of me felt guilty for enjoying it so much since such horrible things happen in it.
Este poco a poco nos va hablando de sus lugares, sus calles y sobretodo de sus habitantes. Entre esos habitantes encontramos gente corriente, tiranos y seres poco corrientes. Sus descripciones son detalladas y de una belleza esplendorosa.
View 1 comment. Apr 16, Andrea Vega rated it it was amazing Shelves: al-imaginaria , latin-american-authors , mexican-authors , read-in , womens-writing. Uy, quiero hablarles de muchas cosas, a ver si me alcanza el espacio. Pasada esa historia, vamos a hablar un poco del libro y cuando digo un poco, supongan que por supuesto es una mentira porque yo tengo mil cosas que decir sobre el libro.
Cuando digo lo anterior, no estoy exagerando. La manera que habla de las palabras, del tiempo y del mundo. The Cristero War begins. Churches were closed and priests were hunted down, although many known as Cristeros supported the church. During the course of the war, and for almost a decade after, some , people died and almost , fled to a California, where many settled working as fruit pickers. Only in , after the pleas of the pope and with a Catholic president Manual Avila Camacho elected, did the hostilities cease towards the people.
Dividing the people to become a secular state in a country with a long history with the Catholic Church sets up a great dichotomy for this book. And a sad point in history. The Story The nasty general Francisco Rosas terrorizes the town of Ixtepec, looking for opponents of the state.
The general strings up rebels hoping to win her over not Mr.
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