NOVEL | 2016 | 132 pages
With Salvapantallas, Luis Chaves undertakes the task we have considered impossible for so many decades: he has written the total novel. It achieves this not by recurring to the devices of nineteenth-century literature—or those of the great Latin American novels of the mid-twentieth century—which sought to encompass all aspects of the human condition in one work, but by splitting the nucleus of a narrative to extend it from the first moments of a life to the very last moments, which take place as the work we are reading is being written, with stories of nights and trips and meanders that take the narrator-author on that rough street called survival. It is at once a novel, a collection of stories, an essay, a book where we lose ourselves in the digressions that allow the nostalgia and the memory. Luis Chaves gives us a story that had to be told in the simplest of ways with a first-order narrative impulse.
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