LETTERATURA, VITA E DIRITTO. Note su 2666 di Bolaño/LITERATURE, LIFE AND LAW. Notes on Bolaño’s 2666

Carolina Correira Dos Santos e Luciano Nuzzo


This article aims to comment on certain premises of literature and law
through the experience of reading two parts of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666:
«La parte de los críticos» and «La parte de los crímenes». We believe that
2666 provides a liminal experience, that is, it opens a void between representation and world, fiction and reality. This experience forces literary
criticism to decenter and acquire a new duty: a criticism that accounts for
fiction through a fictional way of reading and gives up being the reference
to the literary text. As the literary institution and its laws are deeply destabilized
by 2666, it follows that law as an institution is problematized as
well. Literature defies law and is defied by it. In the friction appears a kind
of reference that does not make a proper reference. Language – the language
of law as well as the language in literature – does not describe, nor it
represents anything but itself and limitless violence. In the frontier between
literature and law, language and reality, life itself emerges.


2666, Criticism, Law, Life, Power.


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