Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2017

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Chichester, Ana

Second Advisor

Lewis, Elizabeth

Major or Concentration



Abstract This paper analyzes the novel Todos se van (2006) by Wendy Guerra as a novel within the subgenre of the Künstlerroman, which explores the development of the young artist. Through the voice of a child and later an adolescent female narrator, the novel represents the disillusionment and suffering of a trapped generation that questions the utopian ideals it has lived. Additionally, I explore images of violence, specifically the mistreatment of children. Violations of human rights appear as specific events that the protagonist and the whole of Cuban society must suffer. Lastly, I connect the characteristics of the novel --such as themes previously banned by the Cuban literary canon before the decade of the 1980s--with the movement known as "los Novísimos" in Cuba.