Silence : history and the existential threat of nuclear war in Memorias del subdesarrollo and Hiroshima mon amour
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The paper focuses on the Cuban experience of the Missile Crisis, as portrayed in Edmundo Desnoes’ Memorias del subdesarrollo (1968), while tracking the influence of Marguerite Duras’ Hiroshima mon amour (1959) in the nuclear threat narrative. The paper will compare the processes of historicization contained within the films and the books. That comparison serves to examine the impact that the peril of nuclear war had on the concepts of memory and history in the context of postmodernity. The Missile Crisis functions, I argue, as a historical event horizon that signaled the end of the metanarrative of reason-based history; as a kind of knot that produces an epistemological break in Western history.