The following essay suggests a pedagogical interpretation of adolescent hit men’s life working in organised crime, using the main characters of the novel by the Columbian author Fernando Vallejo, La Virgen de los sicarios, as a pretext. Starting from the analysis of the present as suggested by Benasayag, Del Rey, Schmit e Žižek, the hit man, belonging to degraded urban environments, is represented as a victim and executioner at the same time. This feature, moreover, seems to apply to specific socio-cultural contexts, as it is shown in the latest Roberto Saviano’s novel, La paranza dei bambini (2016).
Keywords: adolescents in Columbia; crime; Fernando Vallejo
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