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By Night in Chile

Author: Bolano, Roberto Set In . . .
 Chile, South America
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Published:
Description: 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 conservative literary critic, a sort of lapdog 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 marked the American debut of an astonishing writer.
  
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