On the one hand, Iris (2014), by the Bolivian Edmundo Paz Soldán, is “pure and hard” Science Fiction, although not about aliens and Martians, but rather a political dystopia in the style of Orwell or Huxley. The novel takes place in an indeterminate future, on an island so devastated by nuclear experiments that its native inhabitants, the Irisinos, have evolved differently from the rest of humanity. This fork in the evolution of the human race represents the novum that plants the novel firmly in the science fiction genre. On the other hand, Iris is a novel with a mining theme that takes elements from the Bolivian mining narrative to account for both the exploitation of the Irisinos and the richness of their myths, traditions and culture. The present work explores both aspects, apparently contradictory, that converge in the novel and that relate the complexity of Latin American societies.
|Translated title of the contribution
|The Inheritance of the Mining Theme in Science Fiction: Iris by Edmundo Paz Soldán
|Alambique. Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasía
|Published - 30 Sep 2021
- Comparative Literature
- Latin American Literature