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Postmodern narrative codes in Vino torcido (2009) by Joaquín F. De Santaella

2nd december 2010
17th december 2010


The text points out the postmodern features in Joaquín Fernández Santaella’s (1955- ) novel Vino torcido (2009). This novel shows didactic values preventing alcoholism but it is also a literary work which follows the current novel narrative techniques. The framed or embedded narration, the intertextualiy, the mixture of popular and scholar culture, the loss of temporal dimensions and the world of dreams make his work an example of a novel rooted in postmodern tradition. In order to show these influences, two steps have been followed. On the one hand his novel is compared to Paul Auster’s work. On the other hand the text shows critics’ studies on postmodern novel that have proved this connection pointing out postmodern features, which also appear in Vino Torcido. The narrator’s personal view on local people produces a novel which depicts characters that show the crisis of the subject in the 21st century with their fears and lack of self –determination in an Andalusian context.

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