El reconocimiento del otro en Fernando Vallejo. Un camino de tolerancia e inclusion

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2008
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Quiroga, Luisa Fernanda
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As a contemporary writer Fernando Vallejo has lived though significant social, political and economical transformations. His work is a merciless critic to Colombia, a country he is foreign to due to his prolonged absence. Colombia is not the Vallejo's childhood or adolescence one, is a different than the one he once knew.

The society suffered an incredible transformation mostly due to violence, now filled with new marginal characters that interfere and to whom the society itself is trying to vanish. The current dissertation tries to explain the narrative proposal of the author. He is laying all his fury and frustration over this marginal people that make up the entire Colombian social mesh. Vallejo disposes of society's traditional values, and depicts a new society that is using those same values to make them their own. The new values, however, are being transformed and interpreted in a new way.

Even after the many social transformations, and violent events over the latter years, Vallejo seeks to shake the readers to make them wake up from that lethargic state that hinders the active search for the ultimate and conclusive solution to the country's chaos. Those "The other" he tries to destroy, is the way for Colombians to remember the immense need to become more inclusive and tolerant of those marginal beings that need to be taken into account and be heard at the same time, for it to become a better society.

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Autoficcion, Colombia, Hibridez, Otredad, Sicariato, Sincretismo
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Modern Languages and Literatures