Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Departamentul de Studii Romanice
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4 / 2018
Linguistic Game and Poetics of Nostalgia in Guillermo Cabrera Infante’s Novels
Unanimously considered one of the most important contemporary Cuban writers, Guillermo Cabrera Infante is the author of great genius and intuitive force. His masterpiece, Three Trapped Tigers was compared to all great books of world literature, especially to James Joyce’s Ulysses for the extraordinary capacity of linguistic expression and for the exquisite narrative strategies used by the author. Nevertheless, this novel is also an amazing example of a new kind of poetics implied in Cabrera Infante’s work, identifiable in his last writing, entitled The Inconstant Nymph. Except for the postmodern rhetoric easy to find within these texts, the author fully proves his capacity of permanently rereading the books of his great Spanish predecessors and of re-interpreting famous literary themes, cultural images or symbols in order to elaborate a work that is altogether convincing and seductive.
Keywords: Latin-American literature, postmodern novel, Cuban culture, music, nostalgia