Cosmopolitan textualities. Migration and geopoetic configurations in Los afectos by Rodrigo Hasbún


  • Magdalena González Almada Centro de Investigaciones de la Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades (CIFFyH)-Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina



Migration, Geopoetics, Cosmopolitan textualities, Contemporary Bolivian Narrative


Los afectos (2015) by Rodrigo Hasbún narrates the complex plot of motivations that causes the transit of a German family to Bolivia and their permanence in this country. The hypothesis that guides this paper proposes that, in the textuality created by the author from Cochabamba, the fibers of migration, exile, adventure and nostalgia are woven to create a geopoetics (White; Aínsa) that interweaves fiction and historical events. Likewise, this study presents a look at a novel that, within the framework of contemporary Bolivian literary production, textualizes the migrant path from Europe to Bolivia driven by the search for the mythical Paitití that metaphorizes the hope of a new beginning. In this sense, migration is analyzed not from Bolivia to abroad but from Germany to Bolivia in an original approach proposed by Hasbún's novel. To develop this research, categories such as "uprooting" (Weil), "foreignness" (Seifert), "mobility" (Morley), "transnational gaze" (Robins and Aksoy) will be put into play in dialogue with notions that contribute to the study of the ways in which family ties are represented in Hasbún's novel such as "inheritance" and "family memory" (Saraceni).