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BARRAZA, Vania. "La gentileza de los desconocidos": Postmodernity, chaos and dialog of discursive systems. Rev. signos [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.55, pp.77-87. ISSN 0718-0934.

"La gentileza de los desconocidos", by Antonio Muñoz Molina, is a short story that initially presents a subversion of the detective genre through an inversion of the roles of the characters, by a displacement of the narrative axis, and with an ending defined as an "anti-ending". I suggest that some categories of the Chaos Theory, such as the butterfly or the strange attractor effects, will permit the interpretation of the crime in this story as well as the analysis in other works. Likewise, the narration presents a juxtaposition between literary genres with respect to the detective story and the melodrama. Finally, as a discursive strategy, the text presents itself as a dialogue between written and audiovisual narrative. That is, cinematographic language. This technical strategy manifests itself in a thematic level within the story. A interesting aspect of this narrative technique is that it is evident not only at a thematic level but also within the syntactic structure of the story.

Palabras clave : postmodernism; Chaos Theory; Butterfly effect; cinematography.

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