The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia utilizes a very radical narrative structure that is uncommon if not unique to contemporary writing. He sits various points of views and narrators side by side or in succession in which he depicts what occurs to the character and his or her surrounding in question. Jahn can describe the narrative in The People of Paper as utilizing both the heterodiegetic and homodiegetic narratives;

In a homodiegetic narrative–, the story is told by a (homodiegetic) narrator who is present as a character in the story. The prefix ‘homo-‘ points to the fact that the individual who acts as a narrator is also a character on the level of action. A special case of homodiegetic narration is autodiegetic narration, in which the narrator is the protagonist of his/her story.
In a heterodiegetic narrative–, the story is told by a (heterodiegetic) narrator who is not present as a character in the story. The prefix ‘hetero-‘ alludes to the ‘different nature’ of the narrator’s world as compared to the world of the action.

Plascencia’s use of heterodiegetic and homodiegetic narratives fit seamlessly together in The People of Paper. This is evident through the first few chapters of the story. The characters individual points of view and stories may differ but it fits together as a whole. There are also inconsistencies which are covered by the homodiegetic narrator, particularly the creation and description of Mirced de Papel’s creation by the old man, Antonio. (Plascencia Prologue) This in turn shifts to various heterodiegetic narrators who all have various separate events and points of view which may not have any connection with each other’s events but all connect as a whole. Thisi can be seen through the particular bus ride that takes place in Chapter I.

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