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In Carlos Fuentes's work we can witness, as with many other Boom writers, the proposal of a novel innovation through subverting traditional writing genres. Specifically, in La Muerte de Artemio Cruz, there seems to be an opposition between the narrative voice Tú and the narrative voices Yo and Él in order to establish a destruction of the conventional autobiographical discourse that the last two represent. In addition, Tú openly denounces the chingada, an essential element of the Mexican social life which Yo and Él defend and justify, so Fuentes goes beyond the proposed stylistic goal. Otherwise, after Aura, where the author introduces the tú form for the first time, the complex plot of Artemio Cruz's agony results in the success of the New Latin American Novel.

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The paper considers Antonio Muńoz Molina's novel, {Ventanas de Manhattan}, and regards it as a reflection on culture. First, the structure of the novel is inspired by the topic of the "window" and the style of writing, basically description, conforms to an "art of looking" based on the narrator's habit of looking at art, which is considered to be one of the finest expressions of culture. In other respects, this narrative poetics fails when the narrator attempts to provide a description of the current reality of New York. This failure, a crisis of representation, is provoked, at the time, by a crisis of culture: the contemporary world does not harmonize culture as "art" with culture as a "way of life." New York appears in the book as a modern Babylon, where the narrator-protagonist seeks his identity and judges the way the world goes.

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Authors: Fernando Rodríguez Mansilla, Elisa Guimarães, Zsuzsanna Paál, Péter Lautner, and István Csűri

This part is a collection of short book reviews from the following authors: Biagio D'Angelo: Milongas y otros ritmos, Maria Luiza  Guarnieri Atik: Vicente do Rego Monteiro-um brasileiro da França, Luciano Morbiato (ed.): Scartafaccio d'agricoltura. Manoscritto di un contadino di Spiné di Oderzo (1805-1810), Paul Richard Blum: Philosophieren in der Renaissance, Edit Bors: Az idő poétikája az önéletírásban. Rousseau, Gide, Sartre önéletírásának szövegnyelvészeti-pragmatikai elemzése.

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