(The literary establishment takes a pounding as well.) The priest was also a poet and a literary critic. Through a spellbinding combination of feverish memories and anecdotes, dreams and nightmares recalled, and desperate justifications of past actions and inaction, Father Sebastián leads the reader through an evocative and disturbing picture of life and art in Pinochet's Chile. By Night In Chile Adjust Share By Lola Arias, By Lola Arias, from her play The Year I Was Born, recently produced at the Under the Radar Festival, in New York. He also adheres to the tradition, called by a fashionable word "intertextuality" of mentioning and discussing other books and blurring the artificial division between fiction and non-fiction (This traditio. Dull at times (not dull - like watching a perfect snowfall while sitting on a slow-moving train, mesmerizing like that) but sometimes trained falcons protect cathedrals from pigeons and their shit (ah! What happens from that point on I’ll shut up about and let you experience for yourself. He himself was clearly a little underwhelmed by the contemporary Chilean scene, and perhaps with good reason. 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. And so I proceeded. the last line is even better now!). Quick, beautiful read that I'd highly encourage anyone to try and finish in one sitting. "[3], "The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolaño - Books - Review", "Review: By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño", "A Priest Who Lived Through the Grim Pinochet Era", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=By_Night_in_Chile&oldid=998462648, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 14:01. WORDS 2,913. Episodes unfold and the focus clips along back to the Narrator, who isn't as unreliable as I first guessed. What a poet Bolaño was! One gathers gradually that it isn't sage to look around too closely. Bolaño was well known for his brazenly radical left-wing politics and was briefly jailed by Pinochet for dissent on returning to Chile in 1973, "To help build the revolution.". Of course not, so let me just give a few pieces of advice for the prospective reader: Since 1973, Bolaño has lived outside Chile and most of his fiction has reflected that. The novel first documents Urrutia's rise through the literati of Chile. This is the novel I usually recommend to people who are just starting out on Bolaño. With Alina Tamara, Patrick Oury. Hovered between three and four stars but the super-bold/perfect last line thoroughly cocked it up to four, plus I'll need to read it again in a single sitting (or two) instead of several. Robert Bolaño, By Night in Chile, Harvill Press, London, 2000; ISBN: 1-84343-035-5. He is a poet in everything he writes. Description. According to Ben Richards, writing in The Guardian, "Bolaño uses this to illustrate the supine nature of the Chilean literary establishment under the dictatorship. Is it brave and wise to read Thucycides and Plato when a democratically elected president is being overthrown, or just stupid and detached? I'm sticking to that suggestion. It is hard to go wrong with partying in Chile, but the biggest mistake is showing up too early. https://www.amazon.com › Night-Chile-Roberto-Bolaño › dp › 0811215474 Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5.0 5 Stars 16 4 Stars 5 3 Stars 4 2 Stars 0 1 Stars 0 Performance. What is this cobblers? Then returned under Pinochet – and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman had his estate under... Even better now! ) no longer resident in Chile ' is an example of the literati of.. 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