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En busca de Klingsor de Jorge Volpi: Una novela con formato policial híbrido, posmoderno y poscolonial En busca de Klingsor by Jorge Volpi: A novel with a hybrid, postmodern and postcolonial narrative format

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Author(s): Clemens A Franken K

Journal: Acta Literaria
ISSN 0716-0909

Issue: 44;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Volpi | posmodernidad | narrativa policial mexicana | Volpi | postmodernity | Mexican detective fiction

ABSTRACT
Este artículo se basa en la hipótesis de que el escritor mexicano Jorge Volpi utiliza en su novela En busca de Klingsor un formato policial híbrido y posmoderno. En el primer capítulo se expone brevemente su concepto de realidad cercano al de los filósofos y escritores existencialistas que la consideran inasible, contradictoria y caótica. En el capítulo dos se analiza primero la inversión posmoderna del esquema policial clásico haciendo fracasar la búsqueda del dúo detectivesco-científico Francis Bacon y Gustav Links que presentan al final dos versiones distintas y contradictorias. Luego se estudia los antecedentes biográficos, el perfil psicológico, la conducta moral y el método de investigación de los dos detectives, mostrándose el primero como un joven norteamericano muy inteligente pero inseguro y sexualmente dependiente de su amante, mientras que su ayudante y guía alemán de edad avanzada, educado en los valores de la disciplina, austeridad y nacionalismo, rompe con virtudes importantes como la fidelidad, sinceridad y el compromiso, actuando ambiguamente en diversos ámbitos.This papers is based in the hypothesis the Mexican author Jorge Volpi uses in his novel En busca de Klingsor (In search of Klingsor), a postmodern and hybrid detective narrative format. In the first chapter of this study his concept of reality is briefly presented, a concept of reality close to the existentialist philosophers and writers’ concept of reality, who considered it as an ungraspable, contradictory and chaotic one. In the second chapter the post-modern inversion of the classic detective fiction scheme is analyzed in the first place, where the detective-scientific duo Francis Bacon and Gustav Links fails presenting two diverse and contradictory versions of what really happened. In the second place, the biographic antecedents, the psychological profile, the moral conduct, and the research method of both detectives are studied. The first detective is shown as a North American young man, who is intelligent but insecure, and sexually dependent on his lover, while his German assistant and guide, an elderly man, educated in the values of discipline, austerity and nationalism, breaks up with important virtues like fidelity, sincerity and commitment, acting in an ambiguous manner in many domains.
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