Bankruptcy and Decadence
This chapter presents the Colombian import merchant and writer José Asunción Silva’s novel De sobremesa to discuss that decadent aesthetics is responsible for the financial ruin of Argentina in 1980. The novel offered an allegory of national economic failure by showing a masculine subject whose personality bears a striking resemblance to crisis-prone national economies at the end of the nineteenth century. It reinvents decadence that provides a poetics of bankruptcy of global capitalism. The majority of the novel was written like a diary of a rich South American poet who travelled through Europe, reading philosophy, contemplating paintings, and collecting life experiences.
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