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The Toy Soldier and The Three Caballeros: Javier Marías’s Dark Back of Time and Auto/Biography and/as Experimental Fiction

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One of the most peculiar sub-texts of Dark Back of Time (Negra espalda del tiempo)—Spanish novelist Javier Marías’s (1998) biographical/autobiographical/fictional experiment, which he termed a “falsa novela” or “false novel”—is Disney’s animation extravaganza The Three Caballeros (1944). This filmic reference (which has not received any critical attention so far) forms the focus of this chapter, which uses it as a lens with which to observe Marías’s half-ludic, half-uncanny approach to the intersections between biography, autobiography and fiction. The chapter moves between three alternative readings of the relation between Dark Back of Time and The Three Caballeros in order to explore the novel’s experimental, hesitant, and ultimately mysterious approach to the relations between fiction and auto/biography.

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Díaz, M.A. (2017). The Toy Soldier and The Three Caballeros: Javier Marías’s Dark Back of Time and Auto/Biography and/as Experimental Fiction. In: Boldrini, L., Novak, J. (eds) Experiments in Life-Writing. Palgrave Studies in Life Writing. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55414-3_9

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