Narratives of Mobility: The (Living) Dead as Transcultural Migrants in Bolaño’s 2666

Kirsten Kramer (Bielefeld University)

In Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666, published in 2004, transcultural mobility primarily manifests itself in the form of long-winded geographical itineraries that lead the protagonists through a wide variety of places spread all over the world; these itineraries end up in the fictitious Mexican city of Santa Teresa, the incarnation of the real Ciudad Juárez, which marks both the contact zone for migration processes taking place between Mexico and the United States and the narrative intersection point where all spatial movements appear to converge.

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