Journal | Rassegna iberistica
Journal issue | 44 | 116 | 2021
Research Article | Crisis and Dystopia in the Current Spanish Novel

Crisis and Dystopia in the Current Spanish Novel

Europe in general and Spain in particular are still experiencing the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis. Spanish cultural narratives have imagined other possible scenarios around a financial crisis that has not only been an economic one, but also a social one. In that context, Spanish literature was used not only as a means to elaborate coherent narratives in times of crisis but also as a space to create other possible worlds. The novels Un incendio invisible (2011), by Sara Mesa, and Por si se ve la Luz (2013), by Lara Moreno, are both set in imaginary places in which their protagonists – sometimes driven by desire and other times by necessity – survive in hostile, abandoned and primitive places. The article attempts to analyse the dominance of the construction of dystopian places and the creation of ‘another possible world’ as a consequence of the financial crisis of 2008.

Open access | Peer reviewed

Submitted: Nov. 9, 2020 | Accepted: July 12, 2021 | Published: Dec. 6, 2021 | Language: es

Keywords Dystopia Distopía Lara Moreno Financial crisis Nueva novela española Sara Mesa Por si se va la Luz | Crisis financiera Un incendio invisible New Spanish novel Crisis financiera

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