Mario Conde’s critical gaze: from disenchantment to heresy


This article explores the evolution of detective Mario Conde’s gaze throughout the eight neo-crime novels that he stars in, spanning two decades (1989-2009). Conde’s way of understanding and facing the reality that surrounds him is transformed as his knowledge of it increases and as the Cuban context itself changes. As I will try to explain, the protagonist’s gaze shifts from acceptance of revolutionary ideals to disenchantment faced with the reality of frustrated projects, and from this to heresy against all dogmatism.

Mario Conde; disenchantment; heresy

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