Bogotá / Contemporary literature does not sound mobile, WhatsApps do not arrive and social networks are not used, as if all the authors had agreed to make a deliberate omission of a technology that, according to Samanta Schweblin, “is being a problem for literature.”
“I believe that literature is (…) the space by definition where societies think, we prove ourselves, it is a space of reflection and we are clearly not reflecting anything of this hyper-technologized world in which we live, then when going to literature seems strange, strange, “says Schweblin in an interview with Efe.
Samanta Schweblin (Buenos Aires, 1978) breaks that void in Kentukis (Random House), a novel formed by small stories about humans and technology that starts from a sinister point of view, the puppets that give title to the book, a kind of virtual pets controlled by human beings from remote places.
In the novel, the two faces of technology are crossed: from dolls controlled by pedophiles who use them to spy on children, to mothers who care for other people.
“I believe that technology is not good or bad, it is a tool, as a hammer can be (…) In any case what gives that positivity or negativity is that other that is on the other side of the device. that is, you can go to those two opposite ends, “he says.
The writer attributes this growing risk to the lack of protection on the part of the States: “for a long time, companies and States no longer take care of us in any way and these very dangerous corners begin to appear”.
Technology in human life
Schweblin is surprised that the critics pigeonhole his novel in the genre of science fiction “only because it talks about technology” which, he says, “is very funny and at the same time very worrying”.
Therefore, the “kentukis” are just an excuse for Schweblin to speak of “all the nonsense and behaviors with which we relate in social networks and devices.”
“I think that in ten years the problems are going to be more or less the same, maybe those networks have other names.” The kentuki “allowed me to get rid of that problem and name it all in a different way,” he says.
Essentially, the book is a sample of the extent to which technology conditions human relations, although the writer believes that to find a clear answer to that “I would have to write another book”.
Kentukis was my way of trying to glimpse an answer or think about it. I think technology evidently amplifies a type of communication that is superficial but also very beautiful and very global, “he says.
To build this scenario of remote communications, the author used her own life experience: she has lived outside of her country for seven years and communicates with her family and friends with social networks.
“I do not know if without the social networks and without being able to talk once a week with my friends or my parents, I would have lived outside so much”, he says honestly, although he admits that “it costs so much to generate a more personal contact”.
Although this standardization of social networks generates, for Schweblin, “a number of labels increasingly global, more standardized, more deceitful than we are each of us”.
Schweblin, one of the best young writers in the Spanish language
Winner of innumerable prizes and finalist of the prestigious Man Booker Prize with her novel “Rescue Distance”, Schweblin is considered one of the best young writers in the Spanish language.
The novelist quotes the poet Ann Carson and the short story writer Amy Hempel as the contemporary writers who have most influenced her because they belong to that small group of authors “who get into your writing and change the decisions you make about how to tell a story , beyond what one tells “.
(14 de mayo de 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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El tema principal es la tecnología
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Que la tecnología la desarrollan los humanos
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