Literatura y lingüística
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DI PAOLO, Osvaldo. Apocalyptic Posthumanism in Contemporary Argentine Hardboiled: Ciudad santa and 77. Lit. lingüíst. [online]. 2012, n.25, pp.39-59. ISSN 0716-5811. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-58112012000100003.
The end of the world is a millennial archetype, which has become quite popular in recent times. The current obsession with the destruction of the planet is also present in hard-boiled literature. A great number of the XXI Century hard-boiled genre presents a posthumanist and apocalyptic view that reveals the decentralization of man and manifests chaos, fear, and the clash of opposite forces that lead to the destruction of the human race. In order to prove my thesis, I analyze two argentine novels, winners of the Hammett award,: Ciudad santa (2010) by Guillermo Orsi and 77 (2009) by Guillermo Saccomanno. From each text, I present a summary of the story, draw the structural characteristics of the hard-boiled, and reveal the posthuman and apocalyptic tendencies in the novels, along with the social implications they convey.
Keywords : hard-boiled; apocalypse; posthumanism.