Auxilio Lacouture, “madre de todos los mexicanos”, uruguaya de nacimiento y residente en México D. F., está abonada a los trabajos. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño The House of the Spirits by Isabel Leo Amuleto desde una perspectiva más o menos asidua, conociendo los. Again, Bola??o decides to take a secondary character from a previous novel and expand its story. This time, the character is Auxilio Lacouture, an uruguayan.

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Amulet (novel) – Wikipedia

The narrator, Auxilio Lacouture, tells a detailed story, and posits herself as the “mother of Mexican poetry. But her account soon develops fissures.

She has trouble, for example, establishing when she emigrated from Uruguay to Mexico City. Was it or or some time in the s?

Later, she recounts vividly a meeting with an artist in the city that either took place doberto before the artist’s death or not at all, invalidating the earlier conclusions about her arrival. By novel’s end, we know we are in a fantasy, and the last pages are Auxilio’s dream-vision of an entire generation. It is a strange story told doberto a bizarre voice, at once calm and antic.


Amulet by Roberto Bolaño

The novel suggests to us a central moment, or zero-hour, for its chronological distortion and hallucination. Inat the height of a worldwide youth protest movement, the Mexican government violently occupied a number of its universities, arresting, beating, and occasionally killing those in their path.

Since Auxilio amueto in the bathroom when the assault begins and the soldiers miss her in their sweep of the area, she earns the distinction of being the only holdout on campus during the fourteen-day occupation. The majority of the remaining novel finds the narrator seated on the toilet “remembering” events in her life-those in the future as well as those in the past.

The campus assault functions in time like the disturbance of a pond’s surface, and Auxilio’s omnidirectional memories are the ripples of that disturbance.

The promise and subsequent failure of was not unique to Latin America-France has made a fetish of May but perhaps the consequences were most dire there. In this text, a young friend of the narrator’s, Arturito Belano, leaves Mexico City to go fight for the deposed left of his native Chile. Arturito returns a changed man. He will robrto on to play a significant, if enigmatic, role robwrto the narrative.


When Auxilio is discussing another personality, she will suddenly mention Arturito, apropos of nothing. This habit alongside the resemblance of the character’s name to the author’s own name, leads the reader into odd territory.

Is Arturito the “true” author of the narrative?

Has he displaced the authorship of his own story for reasons not readily apparent? Even Auxilio’s name suggests that she is an appurtenance.

It is one of only many mysteries in this lovely work of deceit. Roberyo what you read? Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world.