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Literatura y lingüística

versión impresa ISSN 0716-5811


AMARO, Lorena. From the “life of the artist” to the “biographical fable”: Chimerical authors in the works of Bolaño, Bisama, Guebel and Pron. Lit. lingüíst. [online]. 2017, n.36, pp.149-175. ISSN 0716-5811.

Te Latin American authors Roberto Bolaño, Álvaro Bisama, Daniel Guebel and Patricio Pron write biographies of imaginary writers and artists. Even though they start from conventional biographical models such as the encyclopedia or the short biographical piece, the use of metafictional elements, as well as the use of irony, result in diferent hyperboles of the accursed writer and the idiot savant. By combining known and imaginary names, these accounts which are associated to a more extensive genealogy (Schwob, Reyes, Borges and Wilcock, among others), work as a fable with a moral imprint, revealing the dark side of artistic creation, as well as the possibility for their adherents to cross an evanescent line, in which artistic avant-garde, political radicalism and violence overlap.

Palabras clave : Biographical fable; artist biography; accursed poets; recent Latin American narrative.

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