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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature$
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Heike Scharm and Natalia Matta-Jara

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054940

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054940.001.0001

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The Postnational Reception of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s La sombra del viento

The Postnational Reception of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s La sombra del viento

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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature

Maarten Steenmeijer

University Press of Florida

Since the 1980s, the Spanish novel has become a constant presence in the international literary arena. This chapter deals with the degree in which contemporary Spanish literature tends to be received in a postnational frame of reference. The author focuses on the international reception of La sombra del viento (2001), Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s towering bestseller. The plot stands out for its strong heteronomous context—Barcelona before and after the Spanish Civil War—which makes Ruiz Zafón’s novel an interesting case study to test the postnational status of contemporary Spanish literature. The chapter focuses on four countries that hold an important or even central position in the world republic of letters: Germany, France, the U.S., and England.

Keywords:   Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish literature, international literary arena

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