Target in the Night (Ricardo Piglia, 2015)

The secrets of the Argentine pampa in Ricardo Piglias clever and allusive novel Before Ricardo Piglia passed away early this year, he assumed the reputation of being Argentina's most prominent living writer. Upon his death, his status among the great writers of Argentina, such as Jorge Borges and Julio Cortazar has been the subject of …

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The essay as a novel: Identity (Milan Kundera 1997, reprinted 2017)

On Milan Kundera's novel essay "Identity" Much does not happen in Milan Kundera's latest novel, Identity, except perhaps in the imagination. The imagination dominates the action of the characters in the novel and the progress of the story. From the banality of contented life, the characters develop thoughts about disturbances of contentment, about the death …

In the digital frame of Heidegger

Martin Heidegger speaks of technology as a "Gestell" or a "frame". This is not a finished construction, but an activity of "ordering". Modern technology, for him, is the culmination of the "conquest of the world as a picture". For Heidegger, the word "image" means "the structure of imaginative creation" - an activity "of the calculation, the planning and the cultivation of all things." The totality of this representational production, the framework, is itself not technical, but a fateful relationship of man to his world and to himself. In the placing and ordering of nature, according to Heidegger, man makes it a "standing-reserve ". Forests, coal seams, oil wells, ore mines belong to the  earth, materials and energies that man has turned into "standing-reserve" in the attempt to make a more efficient output.

The masks of Frantz Fanon

As a psychiatrist and revolutionary, Frantz Fanon took part in the fight against French colonialism in the fifties. Today numerous publications are devoted to him. Is Fanon more relevant today? At the end of 1956, Frantz Fanon joined the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) in the Algerian liberation struggle. The distance between the present world …

Traces of Jorge Borges in Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolano channels the many characteristics that made Jorge Borges a great writer in his book, "The Insufferable Gaucho" Borges died in 1986. At about the same time Roberto Bolaño was rising to become the most interesting author of emerging Spanish-language literature. Jorge Borges shares his inexhaustible imagination with Roberto Bolano, which allows him to …