Desire and Limits for Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Mexican Fiction
Chapter 4. Impossibility of Re-writing the Once Vanished History:
Chapter 4 Impossibility of Re-writing the Once Vanished History: Llanto: Novelas imposibles Carmen Boullosa is a contemporary Mexican writer who often questions one-dimensional interpretations of historical events in her literary creations.1 In an interview conducted in English by Anna Reid, Boullosa expresses her hope of writing multiple ways of presenting historical occurrences through literature: I do think that we have to write the history or history in different ways, because if we do not, people who have the power will use history in the wrong interests and only to be more unfair to the rest of humanity. In that strange way I hope to influence, but I never have the sense that I am a healer or a priest, no, never. I mean literature is never a whodunit for humanity, it never leads to a complete solution of anything, it’s only a burden of questions. (147) Boullosa perceives literature as a way of bringing in “a burden of questions” through which she wishes to complicate the ways of looking at historical events. For Boullosa, literature functions, not as a healer’s treatments nor as priest’s guides, which seek a definite answer or solution, but as an on-going interrogatory space for questioning the so-called official history; which is history as it is written by people who have the power to legitimize specific narrations of historical events as the official record. Impossibility of Re-writing the Once Vanished History 80 Boullosa is not alone in her opinion of literature as “a burden of questions,...
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