Pasavento. Review of Hispanic Studies, vol. VI, n.º 2 (Summer 2018), pp. 277-299, ISSN: 2255-4505

VILA-MATAS THINKS ABOUT HIS ART: THE RETURN TO SHORT STORY AND THE DIALOGUE WITH THE LATIN AMERICAN PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST

Alberto del Pozo Martínez

delpozo@rhodes.edu


Abstract

After Doctor Pasavento (2005), Vila-Matas surprisingly returned to the genre of the short story in two different ways: first, by writing Exploradores del abismo (Explorers of the Abyss, 2007), a collection of short stories in which he reflects about this decision of switching literary genres; second, by publishing a second anthology of his short stories, Chet Baker piensa en su arte (Chet Baker thinks about his art, 2011), in which he selected his previous works that went in the same philosophical direction. In this essay, I expose the relationship between those short stories and the Latin American tradition of the “Portrait of the Artist”, from Darío to Bolaño, and I show how that hidden genre was capital for developing a series of narrative strategies that allowed the author to reframe the metafictional issues raised in his great novels from 2000 to 2005.


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Keywords

Vila-Matas; Portrait; Artist; Short-Story; Latin America

Reception Date

11.22.2017

Definitive Acceptance Date

07.15.2018

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