Alejandro Zambra. The Art of Planting a Novel

Felipe Oliver


The appearance of Bonsai in 2006, immediately placed Alejandro Zambra as one of the most representative writers of contemporary young Latin American literature. This novel of an absolute simplicity proposes however a very rich and complex framework of intertextuality. The title in fact is particularly relevant as far as it suggests a parallel between the complex technical of writing with the ancient Oriental practice of growing miniature trees. This paper seeks a reading of the novel of Zambra through its Bonsai symbolism.


Alejandro Zambra, Bonsái, Chilean literature, metafiction, nouvelle



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Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts
(Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani) 

Print ISSN: 0353-9660
Online ISSN: 2350-4250