Hippos, billiards, and black boxes : Reconstructing the past in Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s El ruido de las cosas al caer

Ruhe, Cornelia

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3828/jrs.2021.5
URL: https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/journal...
Additional URL: https://www.academia.edu/45644619/Hippos_Billiards...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2021
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Romance Studies
Volume: 21
Issue number: 1
Page range: 95-115
Place of publication: Liverpool
Publishing house: Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 1473-3536 , 1752-2331
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Romanische Literatur- u. Medienwissenschaft (Ruhe 2010-)
Subject: 860 Spanish and Portuguese literatures
Abstract: The article analyses the literary representation of traumatic memory in Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s novel El ruido de las cosas al caer (2011). It shows how different angles of interpretation that allow for a comprehensive understanding of the whole novel are already succinctly encoded in the first scene, a scene that has to be decoded like a palimpsest in order to present not only the individual and psychological trauma the protagonist suffered after becoming the accidental victim of a shootout, but also the collective and cultural trauma of Colombia’s recent history of violence. It is shown that the novel, whose narrator used to play billiards, is structured like a game of carom billiards, thus linking otherwise unrelated people and events through a series of successive collisions, directly or indirectly, via the rail cushions.

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