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BECERRIL NAVA, Laura Judith. El obsceno pájaro de la noche: José Donoso and Henry James, The Modernity in dialogue. Valenciana [online]. 2020, vol.13, n.25, pp.110-140.  Epub June 15, 2020. ISSN 2007-2538.

In the present work El obsceno pájaro de la noche is analyzed from the transtextual dialogue between José Donoso and Henry James Sr. from the epigraph of the novel -which corresponds to the latter-, in such a way that it is constituted as symbolic when accounting for the tragedy of modern man, embodied in the figure of the character “el Mudito”. As modern writers, of romanticism -James- and of Spanish-American modernity -Donoso-, they share points of contact that allow the Chilean to dialogue with the theologian, and, more importantly, to transform his words with a new meaning. The dialogue, from modernity, shows the imperfectability of man and the awareness of his ontological fissure, conflicts that try to undermine with James through spirituality and hope in salvation; while Donoso, from a literary point of view, projects a stark reality by not being able to flee from tragedy.

Keywords : José Donoso; Henry James; El obsceno pájaro de la noche; Dialogue; Modernity.

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