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In Search of the Sacred Book: Religion and the Contemporary Latin American Novel. By Aníbal González. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018. 244 pages.

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María Inés Lagos

University of Virginia , US
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This study on religion and the contemporary Latin American novel traces the presence of the sacred starting with Federico Gamboa's Santa (1903) and ending with Roberto Bolaño's Los detectives salvajes (1998), placing the narratives discussed within the vast panorama of Western literature and thought. The author acknowledges that the relationship between religion and the novel may seem paradoxical "given the markedly secular nature of prose fiction in Western culture" (3). Yet, elements such as magic, the supernatural, wizards, among others, "bring it closer to the sacred" (4). The book also includes new readings of works by Borges, Bombal, Carpentier, Rulfo, Cortázar, Lezama Lima, García Márquez, Poniatowska, and Fernando Vallejo. Scholar Aníbal González offers a superb contextualization of 20th century Latin American literature within the tradition of Western literature and thought. His study is a must read for critics of Latin American literature and culture.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.142
How to Cite: Lagos, M.I., 2019. In Search of the Sacred Book: Religion and the Contemporary Latin American Novel. By Aníbal González. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018. 244 pages.. Latin American Literary Review, 46(92). DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.142
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Published on 12 Nov 2019.
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