State Archives, Mass Media Reports, and Visceral Memories: The Cases of Margarito y Marianita
It is thus that the rapist looks at his victim in the masculine fiction of Torotumbo, a short story by Miguel Angel Asturias; and it is thus that the writer represents the figure of the rapist, always an abject masculinity. In this story, the rape of the indigenous girl, Natividad Quintuche, empties into a popular mass killing. What permits the ensnaring of a private and a public event to the point of making them one and the same? The answer takes a long, skewed way over the plot until the body of the girl and the body of the fatherland become one. Who would doubt then that the state in its formation and maintenance passes through the bodies of women? Insofar as language signs are concerned, “women” and “fatherland” are unrelated. But, in terms of their poetic possibilities, the process of subliminal transposition is rendered possible and generative in their coalescence. Yet the road to their convergence is long and warped.