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In orbit: Roberto Bolano
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
Number of Authors: 2
2017 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 49, no 1, 101-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Chilean author Roberto Bolaiio (1953-2003) has achieved considerable critical and commercial success among a global English readership. Breaking into the US market, which has an important mediating role for the international circulation of texts, is a rare feat for a non-Anglophone author and requires some explanation. This paper looks at the rise of Bolailo in terms of major theories on world literature. We find that his success fits into a combination of explanatory models (Casanova, Moretti, Thomsen), but it also reveals interesting mismatches and problematic aspects that show a need to update existing theories. Our analysis, which focuses on the treatment of Bolano in the American market, shows a great need for transnational forms of analysis across linguistic barriers.

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2017. Vol. 49, no 1, 101-124 p.
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World literature, Roberto Bolailo, Latin America, The Boom, Seattle, Amazon
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143491ISI: 000400725200007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143491DiVA: diva2:1103803
Available from: 2017-05-31 Created: 2017-05-31 Last updated: 2017-05-31Bibliographically approved

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