Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Mirroring Borges: The Spaces of Literature in Roberto Bolaño's 2666

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2014), 91, (6), 659–670.

Abstract

This article explores the meaning of space in Roberto Bolaño's 2666 by drawing on Foucault's notion of heterotopia. The use of mirrors as a literary device, together with the protagonist Amalfitano's experiments in geometry reinforce the interpretation of the fictional Mexican town of Santa Teresa as a heterotopic space, into which Bolaño attempts to inscribe the violence against women that occurred in the actual Ciudad Juárez. At the same time Bolaño recreates the literary space of Borges's ‘total book’ by making his novel an all-encompassing mirror of literature itself, reclaiming the importance of literature for representing the ambiguities of human existence.

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