Monday, October 16, 2006

Jorge Volpi's new book

Jorge Volpi is one of the most successful Mexican writers of the Crack Generation. The Crack refers mainly a literary rupture and not the drug that colloquially is called crack. Its ideal is as they themselves say in their manifesto: "to shake the consciences of Mexican cultural establishment like a piñata", a debate between the indigenous tradition, the influence of the northern neighbor and the shade of writers like Paz, Fuentes or Rulfo, universal Mexicans. This group tries to analyze today's Mexico, asking the following questions: what Mexico? The one of the great companies, or the one of Chiapas? The one of maize tortillas, or the one that sighs because the border of the USA lowers in length? Thus, this way the authors of the Mexican Crack present their work persecuting a new aesthetic for writing in Mexico.
And although Volpi has come before to the Feria del Libro de Monterrey, in this occasion he comes to present its new book, No será la tierra. Volpi returns with this title that mixes some of its previously developed subjects in El fin de la locura or In search of Klingsor.

In his first success novel, Premio Biblioteca Breve 1999, In search of Klingsor, the author takes from a germanic legend related with the arthurian myth, where Klingsor is the declared enemy of king Amfortas. Volpi makes an analogy of this caracter with a supposed scientific advisor to Hitler on the atomic bomb.

In his more recent work, No será la tierra (Will not be the Earth), Volpi takes us to the history of the end of the Soviet Union: the fall of the Berlin Wall, etc. But this is also a scientific novel, the protagonists of “No sera la tierra” include a Soviet biologist Irina Gránina, that contemplates the fall of the Comunism and, with him, the revolt of his daughter Oksana, first victim of the triumph of Capitalism; Jennifer Moore, a U.S. economist and IMF official; and Éva Halász, a Hungarian-born, U.S.-educated expert on artificial intelligence who is in charge of the software program used by a company working on the human genome. Thus, in this new project he conjugates all the aspects already seen before in his work.
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