By Night in Chile (Paperback)

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By Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews (Translator)
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A manic, sometimes surreal little book. A strange, nightmarish, yet darkly humorous trip through South American politics and organized religion. Probably the best of Bolano's shorter books. 

— Justin


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811215473
ISBN-10: 0811215474
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: December 17th, 2003
Pages: 130
Language: English