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The collective memory and literary representation in the work 『The armies』 of Evelio Rosero

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2019, 56(), pp.225-251
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2019.56..225
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : August 10, 2019
  • Accepted : September 3, 2019
  • Published : September 30, 2019

WANGMOO YOO 1

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ABSTRACT

Evelio Rosero has published works across various genres and criticized Colombian absurdist history. His masterpiece, 『The Armies』, also attempts to determine how the desires and madness of individuals and groups that cause violence and war are erupting and how this affects the masses. In particular, it criticizes the reality of the irrational social structure by showing the atrocities of the armed group that is the protagonist of the current violent social phenomenon in Colombia. However, as a writer, Rosero does not attempt to depict violence itself in this novel. Instead, he wants to focus on the influence of violence, which causes anxiety, fear, and despair in the people. He also emphasizes the human suffering caused by war and criticizes the public's indifference to violence and war. In addition, Rosero states concerns about the effects of a reality in which violence is habitual. Finally, he claims that we have to overcome out indifference to the armed group and memorialize the history of Colombia. Furthermore, he hopes that the world will join with Colombia to help solve this issue.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.