Of Ideological Continuums and Sentimental Memories: Enriquillo Sánchez’s Musiquito: Anales de un déspota y de un bolerista

  • Danny MéndezEmail author
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


Méndez analyzes Musiquito: Anales de un déspota y de un bolerista [Musiquito: Annals of a Despot and a Bolero Writer] by Enriquillo Sánchez. He examines how Sánchez incorporates a postmodern parodic subtext that is inspired by other works of fiction such as Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “Funes el memorioso” to construct his main character, Porfirio Funess. This intertextuality—along with the reference to a key historical figure in the political sphere of Latin America, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo—is central to the characterization of Funess, and subtly illustrates a key idea: an ideological continuum that is expressed through a postmodern decentering of memory, truth, and history. Funess embodies the reality of a succession of political regimes in the Dominican Republic with similar despotic ideology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Romance and Classical StudiesMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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