Confronting Conspiracies in Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s Late Carvalho Novels
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SourceNeophilologus, 100, 3, (2016), pp. 373-387
22 januari 2016
Article / Letter to editor
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Romaanse Talen en Culturen/Spaans
SubjectEurope and its Worlds after 1800; Memory, Materiality and Meaning in the Age of Transnationalism
This essay examines the conspiratorial worldviews of three of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s novels on detective Pepe Carvalho. It claims that Vázquez Montalbán’s conspiracy narratives, due to their preoccupation with the (in)adequacy of names and actions within a conspiratorial totality, complicate both their own gesture of social criticism and the possibilities of rebellion by literary characters. Moreover, the article shows that conspiracies are located at the upper-end of the social spectrum in these novels. Unlike other contemporary writers of detective fiction in Spanish, then, Vázquez Montalbán stops short of imagining society as a productive battlefield between opposing complots.
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