La representación de ficción y realidad en Niebla y El móvil
Meehl, Elizabeth Erin
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This study will examine two metafictions: the modern nivola, Niebla, by Miguel de Unamuno, and the postmodern novel, El móvil, by Javier Cercas. The plot of Niebla—in which Augusto Pérez searches for meaning in his life—is not as interesting as the pre-existential questions that the nivola raises. Unamuno, the author himself, appears as a character within the pages of his work to underscore the relationship between creation and demiurge. The work illustrates the question of free will between character and author, human being and God. El móvil tells of the life of Álvaro, a lonely man dedicated to writing, who manipulates his neighbors in order to use them as models for the novel he is writing. In the end, the reader realizes that the novel he has just completed seems to be Álvaro’s novel. This metafiction questions if indeed there exists a difference between reality and fiction.