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By Night in Chile - Chris Andrews, Roberto Bolaño
By Night in Chile
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A deathbed confession revolving around Opus Dei and Pinochet, By Night in Chile pours out the self-justifying dark memories of the Jesuit priest Father Urrutia.As through a crack in the wall, By Night in Chile's single night-long rant provides a terrifying, clandestine view of the strange... show more
A deathbed confession revolving around Opus Dei and Pinochet, By Night in Chile pours out the self-justifying dark memories of the Jesuit priest Father Urrutia.As through a crack in the wall, By Night in Chile's single night-long rant provides a terrifying, clandestine view of the strange bedfellows of Church and State in Chile. This wild, eerily compact novel—Roberto Bolano's first work available in English—recounts the tale of a poor boy who wanted to be a poet, but ends up a half-hearted Jesuit priest and a conservative literary critic, a sort of lap dog to the rich and powerful cultural elite, in whose villas he encounters Pablo Neruda and Ernst Junger. Father Urrutia is offered a tour of Europe by agents of Opus Dei (to study "the disintegration of the churches," a journey into realms of the surreal); and ensnared by this plum, he is next assigned—after the destruction of Allende—the secret, never-to-be-disclosed job of teaching Pinochet, at night, all about Marxism, so the junta generals can know their enemy. Soon, searingly, his memories go from bad to worse. Heart-stopping and hypnotic, By Night in Chile marks the American debut of an astonishing writer.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811215473 (0811215474)
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 118
Edition language: English
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Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it
3.5 By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano (Translated by Chris Andrews)
14/10 - Goodness! This whole book, all 118 pages of it is one long chapter, and one loooong paragraph. There isn't a single break in the text from beginning to end. This is slightly annoying because there is absolutely no natural place to put the book down, you just have to stop in the middle of the...
Tina Sandevska
Tina Sandevska rated it
So I have this friend who writes books. He used to read books too, until one day he found himself in a relationship and stopped. He told me once that I would probably like his last book, the conversation went something like:Me: Bitch, when did you publish this last book, and why don't I have a copy?...
Parrish Lantern's Casebook
Parrish Lantern's Casebook rated it
5.0 By Night in Chile
By night in Chile is only 130 pages long & reads as though it’s a single paragraph, as though the Father drew breathe once and spilt his guts, pouring out memories, some reworked, some wished for, some justifying, vindicating himself, in the end to the only one left to him - Sebastian Urrutia Lacroi...
To Read Is to Fly
To Read Is to Fly rated it
5.0
In Bolaño's stream of consciousness narrative, he presents the deathbed confessions of Father Sebastián Urrutia Lacroix, a Jesuit in Chile who also wrote as a literary critic and a poet. Through a spellbinding combination of feverish memories and anecdotes, dreams and nightmares recalled, and desper...
proustitute
proustitute rated it
5.0 By Night in Chile
In this slim book, Bolaño manages to attack everything from the literati to religion, from politics to dissident desires, from memory and its unreliability to flat-out fabrications and historical inconsistencies.The narrative voice here is really the technical vehicle that navigates the reader, and ...
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