The Sirens of Titan : el universo post-modernista de Kurt Vonnegut
AuthorsLerate de Castro, Jesús
IdentifiersPermanent link (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10017/4901
Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. Servicio de Publicaciones
REDEN : revista española de estudios norteamericanos, 1994, n. 8, p. -79. ISSN 1131-9674
A close reading of The Sirens of Titan reveals that this early novel by Kurt Vonnegut, far from being a mere science fiction tale ¿as it has often been labelled¿ is a first-rate literary work in which the author displays a great variety of metafictional devices. The metaphysical quest for meaning in life is paralleled by a tortous, roundabout physical journey where the ordered, controlled and harmonius universe¿ textually made coherent by its galactical structure and mythical allusions¿ is challenged dialogically by a world of chaos which is sown with the absurd, with unexpected lexical yuxtaposition, indeterminations and de-mythoiogizing parodies. This paper aims to explore this post-modernist natura of the novel.