FL 380: An Archaeology of the "Boom":
Modern Latin American Prose Fiction
- 3 Narration in the 1st. person: Horacio Oliveira speaks: Time frame:
after the events in Chp.23 : A search: La Maga
- 3 Values: "people who make dates . . . toothpaste"
- 3 Bohemian life: "pseudo-student existence in Paris"
- 4 "and still we were not satisfied"
- 4 On Mme. Léonie and La Maga: "I was afraid that she would
read. . ."
- 6 Fatality: "We had barely come . . . little by little"
- 6 La Maga: "a chess world where you moved . . . "
a. "your refusal to accept the acceptable"
- 6-7 An exercise of merit: "to think about useless things. . ."
- 7 "I realized that searching was my symbol. . ."
- 11 "We didn't love each other, so we made love. . ."
- 12 La Maga: "Praise of disorder would have. . ."
- On himself: "That was all she, no doubt . . . always being myself
and my life. . ."
- 13 On himself: "I had refused to pretend that the chaos. . ."
- 13 A witness, a spy, perchance a judge: La Maga
- 14 A huge problem: "Why couldn't I accept what was happening without
trying to explain
it. . ."
- 16 Narration in the 3rd. person: A very knowing narrator speaks: Time
frame: prior to the events in Chp.23, sometime in the relationship.
- 17 A skeptic: "To believe that action. . ."
- 17 A certainty: "The only thing certain was the weight. . ."
- 17 A road not taken: "If he had made any choice. . ."
- 18 La Maga: "one of the few people who never forgot. . ."
a. What to make of this?
- 18 Values: "He was middle class, from Buenos Aires. . ."
- 18 The dubious value of the "I": "does it have any value
- 19 The (human) specie and its sclerosis: "As if the species in
every individual were on guard against. . ."
- 20 La Maga right on the money: "You couldn't do it . . . You think
too much before you do anything."
a. "You're the one who goes to the museum. . ."
b. EXPENDABLE CHAPTER 84: On the limits imposed by habits and disposition
on the self and its perception of "reality".
c. EXPENDABLE CHAPTER 71: On innocence lost and the search for the
i. 379 "Let
us say that the world is a figure, it has to be read. By read let us understand
- 28-29 One night in bed: "Oliveira felt that La Maga wanted death
from him. . ."
- 31 A curious technique to get together
- 34 A path: "and we understood less and less. . ."
- 36 What do these pseudo-students argue about?
- 40 All that jazz...
- 49 Some intuitions: "The intercessors, one unreality (. . .) It
could be true . . . but it isn't"
- 52 A recrimination: "You've come here in the same mold. . ."
- 57 "No matter how it hurts me, I shall never. . ."
a. Indifference v. a certain unheard-of idea
- 60 La Maga: "As far as I am concerned. . ."
- 61 Ireneo and La Maga at thirteen in a Montevideo tenement
- 62 "There's no such thing as a general idea."
a. EXPENDABLE CHAPTER 120: On innocence lost and Ireneo as a young
- 63 Etienne the indifferent: "Oh, La Maga richly deserved. . ."
- 66-67 Horacio and pain: "I can't either, but he. . ."
- 70-71 Jazz and the roads not taken: "that perhaps there have been
other paths. . ."
- 79 The self as fiction: "When he had been a student. . ."
a. A linguistic unity and a premature sclerosis of character
- 80 Language: "Man's rape by word, the masterful vengeance. . ."
- 80 An impossibility: "To arrive at the word without words. . ."
a. EXPENDABLE CHAPTER 90: More on Horacio's quandary
- 82 "I have to tell it, you don't understand. . ."
- 84 "You are not leaving because. . ."
- 86 "I can't picture you crying. . ."
- 89 "I don't know . . . Sometimes I think about killing myself.
a. 2 sorts of suicide
- 92 "It's sad to reach the point in life where it's easier . .
- 96 "There are metaphysical rivers. . ."
- 96 "I have quickly been condemned without appeal. . ."
a. EXPENDABLE CHAPTER 79: A pedantic -but important- note by Morelli
on two sorts literature and two types of readers.
- 98-99 Otherness and togetherness?
- 101 "Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out. . ."
- 109 Berthe Trépat: "Interesting . . . more and more certain
that he was dreaming."
- 112 "It's repulsive, I ought to fling her down. . ."
- 115 "I really have nothing to do with my own self"
- 119 "But he had to fight against the idea, the joy had . . ."
- 123 "That was so nobody could tell, with his face all wet in the
rain nobody could tell".
- 123 "he said to himself that he had really not been such an idiot.
- 124 "One after another his matches began to go out. It was enough
to make you laugh."