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Conlon, D
2018
January
Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
'Discourse with the Incorporeal Air': Spectres of Walsh in Plata quemada
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CRIME
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657
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This article suggests that Ricardo Piglia's non-fiction crime novel Plata quemada (1997) be read as a conscious homage to Rodolfo Walsh's earlier non-fiction novel e :Quien mato a Rosendo? (1969). The suggested reading takes as its point of departure the appearance in Piglia's text of an oblique reference to the 'play-within-theplay' of Shakespeare's Hamlet, which also contains echoes of a detail from e :Quien mato a Rosendo?. Following on from this, the article's argument is threefold: 1) that e :Quien mato a Rosendo? and Plata quemada are both concerned with a dramatization of economic paradigms, which amounts to an unveiling of the hidden violence of capitalism; 2) that Plata quemada reflects the evolution of the nature of capitalism, labour, and society in the period between 1969 and 1997; 3) that in its engagement with Walsh's text via Hamlet, Plata quemada constitutes an act of mourning for Walsh, who was killed by the 1976-1983 military regime, but also in respect of the decline of the traditional left more generally.
LIVERPOOL
1475-3839
10.3828/bhs.2018.38
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