Grafting the Global North onto the Global South: Dystopian Transhumanism in Elia Barceló’s “Mil euros por tu vida”

  • Diana Q. Palardy
Part of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series (HUS)


This chapter examines the intersections between transhumanism and the socioeconomic cannibalization of the Global South in Elia Barceló’s short story “Mil euros por tu vida” (A Thousand Euros for Your Life) (2008). The story, about a wealthy, older Spanish couple that undergoes a surgery that enables them to extend their lives by transferring their consciousness to the bodies of two young Africans for all but a few hours of the day, offers a platform for exploring issues such as colonialism, human trafficking, and immigration. Palardy analyzes spatial manifestations of disciplinary power and biopower, as well as the ambiguity of the guest–host relationship depicted in the story. In these embodied “contact zones,” there is a fine line between assimilation and annihilation of the Other.


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  • Diana Q. Palardy
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  1. 1.Department of Foreign LanguagesYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

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