Álvaro Pombo Y La Narrativa De La Sustancia

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This is the first monograph on the work of Álvaro Pombo, one of the five most important novelists writing in Spain today. He explores themes such as death, homosexuality, religion, gender, adolescence, and writing in his novels. Through a careful analysis of the diverse literary and philosophical undercurrents that inform Pombo’s narrative, this study analyzes in detail the novels within novels that chronicle the fascinating encounter of the I and the other. In Spanish.


“Weaver’s timely monograph – the first on Álvaro Pombo - is a welcome addition to the growing body of critical dialogue surrounding this Spaniard’s writings. . . . Weaver utilizes an evolutionary approach by first identifying the core elements of the author’s narrative world and then addressing their development over time throughout his short fiction and novels. . . . Weaver renders a compelling reading of Pombo’s fictional cosmos that explores a mode for being in the world which more often than not is intricately tied to literary and cultural subtexts. . . . one of the most rewarding components of Weaver’s study . . . is his close reading of the works at hand. Central to this process are reader response theory, a pointed awareness of McLuhan’s ‘galactic’ theory on the interconnected quality of art, and the Postmodern fusion of high and low culture.. . . . Weaver presents particularly fruitful readings when discussing the author’s relationship to subtexts of Miguel Delibes, T. S. Eliot, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf, among others.” – John B. Margenot III, Providence College

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Foreword, Introduction
1. Relatos sobre la falta de sustancia
2. El ciclo de la falta de sustancia; El parecido; El héroe de las mansardas de Mansard; El hijo adoptivo; Los delitos insignificantes
3. El metro de platino iridiado
4. Aparición del eterno femenino (contada for S. M. El Rey)
5. Telepena de Celio Cecilia Villalobo
6. Donde las mujeres
7. Cuentos reciclados
8. La cuadratura del círculo
Conclusión; Obras citadas; Índice general

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