Professor Óscar Useche has published an article titled “Intolerance in Times of Crisis: Towards a Transgressive Literature in El sitio de los sitios (State of Siege) by Juan Goytisolo.”
The article proposes an understanding of Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo’s novel El sitio de los sitios (State of Siege) as a cultural response to the contemporary crisis of traditional Western models of rationality. The article focuses on the study of the dynamics of global social decomposition and the emergence of marginal figures seeking to recover their transgressive capacity through their bodies and the appropriation of urban space. By binding memoricide and ethnic cleansing in the novel as negative expressions of modernity, Goytisolo questions the role of the reader, the author and the novel itself as essential elements in the literary representation of reality.
The article is published in Cuadernos de Literatura 22.43 (2018).