El bazar de los idiotas (1974) de Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazábal : une modalité originale du réalisme magique colombien

Abstract : El bazar de los idotas is set in the small town of Tuluá in the Valle del Cauca district of the Colombian Andes in the first half of the 20th century. The omniscient narrator tells with caustic humor how two idiotic and difformed brothers reach puberty and discover that by masturbating they have the power of curing the sick and the infirm. By allowing the narrator to present these cures as authentic, the author pokes fun at the superstitions of his fellow citizens, at the Catholic church and at the media which encourage the pilgrims to travel en masse to Tuluá, in search of miracles. Just as with Gabriel García Márquez, comic exaggeration is the main device used in this book, in which Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazábal has also recourse to very clever narrative anachronies.
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Maurice Belrose. El bazar de los idiotas (1974) de Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazábal : une modalité originale du réalisme magique colombien. Archipélies, Université des Antilles CRILLASH, 2018. ⟨hal-02044741⟩

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