Book Presentation by Carlos Germán van der Linde
April 16, 2015
5:30 p.m. in Hale Science 230
Héctor Abad Faciolince, a Colombian writer and columnist, said, “In sixteenth- and seventeenth- century peninsular literature, the poor man, to survive, became a pícaro (rogue or rascal). During the last decade of twentieth- century Colombian literature, the poor man, to escape poverty, becomes a sicario (hired killer or assassin).” The relationship between these literary characters is called sicaresca. In the current globalized world, sicarios (hired assassins from Colombia and Mexico) have become the protagonists of many novels, reports, movies, and TV series.
¡Pa’ las que sea, parce! invites readers to analyze on the relationship between literature and society, both of which reflect violence as a product of cultural consumption. This perspective makes it possible to understand sicaresca not only as a literary theme but also as a social matter that is intriguing for intellectuals and for the general public.
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