The novel Muerte súbita (2013) by the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue has received admiration from both Hispanic and Anglophone literary critics for its ludic rewriting of Mexican and European history. Nevertheless, in the critical reception, there has been little to no attention for the serious implication of Enrigue’s playful approach to the historical facts. In this bachelor thesis, we analyze the elements of game and play in Muerte súbita within the theoretical framework of the subgenre of the New Latin American Historical Novel. We will argue that the aspects of game and play in the novel function, among others, to challenge History (with a capital H) and rewrite this History from a postcolonial perspective. In addition, Enrigue draws an explicit parallel between the colonization of Mexico by the Spaniards in the 16th century and the present- day problems in Mexico, particularly the dissatisfaction with the functioning of democracy. These findings suggest that Muerte súbita is then to be considered a hybrid historical novel that is creative and humorous, while offering at the same time a critical reflection of the past and the present realities in Mexico
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