A Question About the Critics
March 8, 2013 7:05 PM Subscribe
Would you happen to know to whom or what, if anyone or thing, Manuel Espinoza, the Spaniard, and Jean-Claude Pelletier, the Frenchman, from the first section Roberto Bolaño's novel *2666*, are allusions to?
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The English Liz Norton's name seems to be an allusion to Burnt Norton, the first poem of T.S. Eliot's The Four Quartets. It also highlights the four character structure of this section.
The wheelchair-bound Italian Piero Morini seems to be an allusion to F.T. Marinetti and *The Futurist Manifesto* (which Bolaño mentions in another novel), the result of an ideology which exalts "the beauty of speed" and aims "to glorify war."