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Simultaneity, Desire, and Identity, Part II

Aura and Javier San Andres

Simultaneity is one of those words so charactersitic of Carlos Fuentes, for few writers grasp the totality of natural existence as he does. His writing reveals an essential fact of being: that everything exists simultaneously because all things come from one origin, one big bang either as the expression of God or a phenomenon of emergence; that many layers of time includes multidimensions or parrallel existences with their own past/present/futures.

It was this concept of simultaneity that led to the creation of the character of Javier San Andres in The Stillness of Love and Exile. Javier is one of the (mythic) three who journeys along the highway of desire, the other two being Miguel ,who is Javier's double, Lilia, the woman they both love. Like the Fuentes novella where there could be as many as four and as little as two characters, my three main characters may permutate into two. In the end, the narrative can exist in a different dimension, thus the two different versions of the story, depending on the desire of the reader.

The character of Javier San Andres, like Consuelo, is trapped in a cycle of repetitive deaths and rebirths and awaits the arrival of a beloved to free him back into the streams of linear time. Unlike Consuelo/Aura who retains her memory, Javier San Andres is afflicted with forgetfulness: he does not know he is a repetition and only discovers this at the end when he comes face to face with his double Miguel on the night of stillness, a moment of confluence in the natural world.

The novel purposely uses a "deconstructed" narrative style,one where the past shadows the present and Lilia has premonitions of a parrallel time-space where she imagines herself as untainted by misfortunate. The ultimate purpose of the deconstructive narrative style, thus, is to invite the reader to imaginatively experience the multiverse (or numerous universes).

One can call this "magic" if one wishes, but physics is confirming what Coleridge suggested: there are more unseen than seen universes.