Historia y política en dos novelas de Patricio Pron: 'El comienzo de la primavera' y 'No derrames tus lágrimas por nadie que viva en estas calles'
journal contributionposted on 12.07.2021, 00:59 by Jose Luis Fernandez Castillo
This article studies two novels of the Argentinian writer Patricio Pron, El comienzo de la primavera (2008) and No derrames tus lágrimas por nadie que viva en estas calles (2014), which are grouped here according to their common theme: the historico-political evolution of Europe since the Second World War and, more specifically, the consequences of ideological extremism for Germany and Italy. Stemming from the ideas of Roberto Esposito, Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben, among others, I analyze two central aspects of both novels: the meaning of history and its relation to individual responsibility about the past, and the dichotomy between ethics and politics. I show how both novels make use of an analytical realism that experiments with narrative structures and perspectives to give an account of what it means to build up political consciousness in the 21st century.