Pedro Mayral: Living in a miserable society

A deadly snow falls in Buenos Aires, and in the midst of the chaos, aliens invade the country. It is the argument of the famous Argentine comedian Eterno, Written by Hector German Osterold, in which the character of Juan Salvo has to lead the resistance that confronts the invaders. Two elements of this illustrated history, of great importance in Argentine culture, appear in the novel Anti-Utopia by Pedro Mayral desert year On the one hand, the gradual decay of contemporary civilization, and on the other hand, an irrational force spreading like a rust spot that turns everything into weather.

From time to time unusual novels appear in Argentine literature such as About heroes and gravesl Ernesto Sabato, Now the publishing house Libros del Asteroid is recovering desert year Written by Pedro Mairal, the author’s second novel first published in Argentina in 2005, as a state of social collapse threatens Buenos Aires. The narrative shows how in the 21st century these new technologies stopped working, apartment occupations occurred, discontent demonstrations took place in the streets, and the government began mobilizing conscription for military service. On the other hand, the hero talks about Miral’s successful novels One Night Stand With Sabrina Love And UruguayHe is Maria Valdesa young 23-year-old secretary in the office of an investor in a skyscraper in the capital, Buenos Aires.

In contrast to his more famous novels where it is mentioned One Night Stand With Sabrina Lovewhich is a file road moviea novel of a teenage character’s apprenticeship soon to finish college, and in Uruguaywhich is the story of an impossible love for a hero of about forty who travels to Montevideo, and from where, let us say, he is to be burned from his adventure in Uruguay, however, in desert year The main character is a woman, it is a wonderful realistic story in which he criticizes the economic crises that plague societies due to bad governments, and businessmen who aspire to take their money to tax havens to avoid paying taxes, and salvation abroad, as the protagonist says sarcastically, referring to the haven companies The tax with which money laundering is committed. In this novel, Miral presents the Qinian element facing the governorate and the federal capital. For the Spanish reader it can be interpreted as universal criticismand not just Argentina, where several economic crises occurred in Spain in the past fifteen years, that is, in 2008, then in 2020 the crisis of the Corona virus blockade, and more recently the war in which Russia invaded Ukraine, which manifested itself in the rest of the continent with the unleashing of price inflation.

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Mayral, the main character as the narrator, uses a direct style, non-linear narrative time, due to the chapter preceding the Suarez and Petos, where the protagonist narrates sometime in the future and then begins the long flashbacks that are the story. Mayral is characterized by a graceful narrative rhythm, as if an Argentine song is playing Matador, where the protagonist hopes that they will come to arrest him. Rhythm is the differential element by which a good narrative stands out from the rest, and that, besides this, the reader does not have to wait for page eighty to learn more about the literary conflict, but it is there from the very first pages, something of pressure. Which suddenly threatens everyone, like in a fairy tale The taken home of def Cortazar, in which the force takes over a house until its occupants give up one room, then another, and so on until they finally end up outside. Miral’s protagonist also sees that her house has been invaded, albeit by people of flesh and blood, who are unknown at first.

The author of this novel reminds us, in a way, of the events of the narration that take place in it Rousseau In his work the social contract, which justifies why the citizenship state exists in the face of its absence, i.e. what are today called failed states, where sometimes the human spirit taken for granted fades away and moral misery emerges. This novel makes us see that literature is not only good for written language, but also the meaning of what the story stands for.

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