Narco-trafficking and Camba Identity in Homero Carvalho Oliva’s La conspiración de los viejos

Dorian Lee Jackson


This article examines the novel’s use of the camba identity and the vestiges of narco-violence, embodied by a contract killer and the memory of a local drug baron, Roberto Suárez Gómez, to critique both the contemporary political tensions arising between the eastern departments of Bolivia and the MAS administration, as well as the lack of collective dialogue regarding the region’s involvement in the history of the Bolivian drug trade.


Bolivian identity; Bolivian literature; Camba; collective memory; crime fiction; drug trafficking; Evo Morales; Homero Carvalho Oliva; narcofiction

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