The Path to Voluntary Confinement: Dystopian Spaces of Consumerism in Ray Loriga’s Tokio ya no nos quiere

  • Diana Q. Palardy
Part of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series (HUS)


This chapter explores spatial manifestations of the rise of neoliberal globalization, one of the contributing factors to the 2008 financial crisis, in Ray Loriga’s dystopian novel Tokio ya no nos quiere (Tokyo Doesn’t Love Us Anymore) (1999). It focuses in particular on representations of “non-places” and landscapes of disorder, deregulation, waste, and excess. The protagonist’s peripatetic wanderings through these assorted landscapes reflect the impact of his addiction to a memory-erasing drug, as well as the dystopian nature of hyper-consumerist societies. Through the spatial constructions in his novel, Loriga emphasizes how the protagonist’s freedom to consume whatever he pleases does not lead to individual autonomy, but rather lays the foundation for the walls of his own confinement.


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  • Diana Q. Palardy
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  1. 1.Department of Foreign LanguagesYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

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