Books and readers find each other. It may be the result of marketing schemes or lust, avid readers looking, hunting, searching. However it works readers make it. Sometimes readers find they’ve stumbled on a different perspective, created by the writer, who has the freedom to explore individual experiences, and the opportunity to show how experience trumps theory.
Nothing wrong with theory, think Foucault or Bakunin, think Angel Rama or Jose Miguel Oviedo, but literature must avoid theory. Literary theory is not literature. Writers can speak after the fact, they can review the land mines they stepped on or missed but that comes after the fact, after the reader has taken the time to read.
Writers need to avoid archetypes, and this I take from Juan Rulfo. I am not trying to create symbols, but developing a story plot where characters take on life, even if they are dead, even if…
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