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Abstract

This essay examines the theme of cynicism used by the Salvadoran author Horacio Castellanos Moya in El Asco,Insensatez y El Gran Masturbador. He uses this theme as a narrative strategy to reveal that nothing has changed politically or culturally in his country even after years of devastating civil war. Inside of this cynicism we can see two sub-themes, eroticism and violence, used as expressions of a political transition from civil war to the fractured post-civil war era in El Salvador. Castellanos Moya’s prose contains very few moments of optimism attempting to represent Central America in its raw form, focusing on the region’s violent past and present.

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