This book provides a rich and cutting-edge analysis of one of the most prominent literary groups in Latin America: the Mexican Crack Writers. The first part explores the history of the group and its relation to the Latin American literary tradition, while the second part is devoted to the critical analysis of the works of each of the authors: Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, Ignacio Padilla, Pedro Ángel Palou, Eloy Urroz and Jorge Volpi. The volume is further enriched by the inclusion, in the appendix, of the two manifestos of the group: the Crack Manifesto and the Crack Postmanifesto (1996-2016). It will be of great interest to students and scholars focusing on contemporary Latin American literature.
1. Introduction. The Mexican Crack Writers: Towards a New Literary Aesthetics; Jaimes.- 2. The Crack Movement's Literary Cartography (1996-2016); Alvarado Ruiz.- 3. The Crack: Generational Strategies in Mexico; Regalado.- 4. Narrative Techniques in Jorge Volpi's fictions; Calderón.- 5. Science, Art, and Magic: Totalization and Totalitarianism in Jorge Volpi's In Search of Klingsor; González.- 6. Soldiers and Shadows: The Post-National Militant in Ignacio Padilla's Amphitryon and El daño no es de ayer; Stachura.- 7. Living in Las Rémoras. An introduction to Eloy Urroz's Fiction; Regalado.- 8. Towards a Philosophy of Love: Pedro Ángel Palou's Qliphoth and La profundidad de la piel; Jaimes.- 9. El dinero del diablo by Pedro Angel Palou: A New Moral Dialogue; Houvenaghel.- 10. Ricardo Chávez Castañeda: The Limits of Fiction; Sánchez Prado.- 11. Crack Manifesto.- 12. Crack Postmanifesto (1996-2016).- Notes on Contributors.