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Baudelaire, amigo de Rivera

Abstract : El amigo de Baudelaire was written during Menem’s government, as the 1976-1983 military dictatorship starts being considered as part of the past. The novel reverses some usual senses of the dichotomy “civilization and barbarism”; by means of a poetics of the absence, it connects the “mystery” of history, not to the tyranny of Rosas (el rosismo) but to the emblematic and contradictory figure of Sarmiento, the “author of a nation”. Baudelaire, the writer who infuses prose with poetry, appears as a friend, i. e. an imaginary otherness that gives Rivera — and his narrator, judge Bedoya — a support to criticize the histories of the building of the nation. Poetic prose makes fiction become historic, not because of the involvement of the subjectivity that historians are supposed to replace with objectivity, but because it brings into question and moves away from some stablished ways of reading Argentine national past.
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Ivan Jimenez. Baudelaire, amigo de Rivera. Cuadernos LIRICO, Réseau interuniversitaire d'étude des littératures contemporaines du Río de la Plata, 2014, El XIX en el XX. ⟨hal-01796520⟩



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