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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 bedfellows of Church and State in Chile.

This wild, eerily compact novel — Roberto Bolaño'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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"A contemporary novel destined to have a permanent place in world literature." Susan Sontag

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"Mordant, haunting and sometimes elegaic...takes the reader hurtling into the darkest psychological folds of one man and one country." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Postwar Chilean politics and literature infuse this densely learned, richly evocative novel....reminiscent of Thomas Bernhard and W.G. Sebald." New York Times Book Review

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"One of the great Latin American novels, in an exemplary translation. Not to be missed." Kirkus Reviews

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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.

About the Author

Roberto Bolaño was born in 1953 in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain: he wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry, before dying in July 2003 at the age of 50. Seven more of his books are forthcoming from New Directions.

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Sarah Forth, June 13, 2013 (view all comments by Sarah Forth)
Provocative and slyly funny, By Night in Chile, is a good introduction to Roberto Bolano. Consisting of just one, 118-page paragraph--seriously!--the narrator's rant exposes the underbelly of Chilean society--notably the toxic marriage between church and state. (The literary establishment takes a pounding as well.) Reading the novel is like watching a train wreck in slow motion: wrenching, disgusting, fascinating, with a soupçon of surrealism to boot. The plot description gives too much away; don't read it. Part of the fun is thinking things can't get any stranger--and then they do. A small masterpiece.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811215473
Author:
Bolano, Roberto
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Translator:
Andrews, Christopher
Author:
Andrews, Chris
Author:
Bolao, Roberto
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Chile
Subject:
History
Subject:
Chile History 1973-1988.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series Volume:
R10-TP-63
Publication Date:
20031217
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
118
Dimensions:
800x1600

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Product details 118 pages New Directions Publishing Corporation - English 9780811215473 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A contemporary novel destined to have a permanent place in world literature."
"Review" by , "Mordant, haunting and sometimes elegaic...takes the reader hurtling into the darkest psychological folds of one man and one country."
"Review" by , "Postwar Chilean politics and literature infuse this densely learned, richly evocative novel....reminiscent of Thomas Bernhard and W.G. Sebald."
"Review" by , "One of the great Latin American novels, in an exemplary translation. Not to be missed."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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