Juan Carlos Onetti Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Juan Carlos Onetti Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

“He has the power to say a word, to put in an adjective, to change a destinyuntil he discovers his power, and then he uses it to enter himself into his imaginary world.” This is how Juan Carlos Onetti characterizes one of his heroes and the activity of writing. The depiction is apt for Onetti himself. Beginning with The Pit—and even before, with his first published stories—Onetti’s career consisted in exploring the enabling possibilities of the “power” he describes here. In the process, he himself has become a body of literature, a world of imagination capable of engendering itself in its imaginary world.

If one can glean a constant from Onetti’s long and distinguished career, it has to be the...

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