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The student youth of Mexico raised their fists in protest during the summer and fall of , marching against the government towards the violent climax of the Tlatelolco Massacre on October 2nd. Student demonstrations were organized in response to the killings of several students by the police called in to repress a fight between gang members of two rival schoolsthe Mexican National Autonomous University UNAM and National Politechnical Institute IPN and were History is like a horror story. The Olympic Committee, headed by an American, chose Mexico as the first third-world country to host an Olympic event, and protestors saw this as an attempt to portray Mexico as a country stabilized by American support and financial backing. Finding herself trapped in the UNAM bathroom during the occupation, a subtle yet monumental act of resistance, Auxilio becomes unstuck in time, narrating events both past, present and future, yet always returning to the moonlight reflecting off the tiles of the lonely bathroom floor. I know all the poets and all the poets know me.

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By his own account, he was skinny, nearsighted, and bookish: an unpromising child. He was dyslexic and was often bullied at school, where he felt like an outsider. He came from a lower-middle-class family, [4] and while his mother was a fan of best-sellers they were not an intellectual family. The only interesting article in it was about a house that had once belonged to Dylan Thomas I got out of that hole thanks to a pair of detectives who had been at high school with me.

He was notorious in Chile for his fierce attacks on Isabel Allende and other members of the literary establishment. He affectionately parodied aspects of the movement in The Savage Detectives.

His erratic behavior had as much to do with his leftist ideology as with his chaotic lifestyle. He worked by day and wrote at night. From [16] to his death, he lived in the small Catalan beach town of Blanes. He suffered from liver failure and had been on a liver transplant waiting list while working on ; [17] [18] he was third on the list at the time of his death.

When she is suddenly dropped from the Olympic team, a pompous but besotted civil servant secretly builds a skating rink in a local ruin of a mansion, using public funds. But Nuria has affairs, provokes jealousy, and the skating rink becomes a crime scene. The last portrait was expanded into a novel in Distant Star. Distant Star[ edit ] Distant Star Estrella distante in Spanish is a novella nested in the politics of the Pinochet regime, concerned with murder, photography and even poetry blazed across the sky by the smoke of air force planes.

This dark satirical work deals with the history of Chilean politics in a morbid and sometimes humorous fashion. At a crucial point in his career, Father Urrutia is approached by two agents of Opus Dei , who inform him that he has been chosen to visit Europe to study the preservation of old churches — the perfect job for a cleric with artistic sensitivities. On his arrival, he is told that the major threat to European cathedrals is pigeon droppings, and that his Old World counterparts have devised a clever solution to the problem.

It is important to note that this book was originally going to be called Tormenta de Mierda Shit Storm in English but was convinced by Jorge Herralde and Juan Villoro to change the name. The text of was the major preoccupation of the last five years of his life when he was facing death from liver problems. At more than 1, pages pages in the English-language edition , the novel is divided into five "parts".

It was published in Spanish in and in English in The protagonist is Udo Berger, a German war-game champion. With his girlfriend Ingeborg he goes back to the small town on the Costa Brava where he spent his childhood summers. He plays a game of Rise and Decline of the Third Reich with a stranger. It was published posthumously in Spanish in and in English in The novel is seen by many as an ur-text to The Savage Detectives , "populated with precursory character sketches and situations" and centering on the activities of young poets and writers living in Mexico City.

A number are narrated by an author, "B. The Return[ edit ] The Return is a collection of twelve short stories, first published in English in , and translated by Chris Andrews.

The Spanish version was published in and contains 21 pieces, 19 of which appear in the English edition, published in It was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award. Other significant themes of his work include quests, "the myth of poetry", the "interrelationship of poetry and crime", the inescapable violence of modern life in Latin America, and the essential human business of youth, love and death. The narrator pays a visit to an old friend, a dentist. The friend introduces him to a poor Indian boy who turns out to be a literary genius.

And what do you mean by the fabric of the particular? I asked, supposing he would answer: Art. I was also thinking, indulgently, that we were pretty drunk already and that it was time to go home.

But my friend said: What I mean is the secret story But every damn thing matters! He wrote, "All literature, in a certain sense, is political. The former alludes to reality—to the nightmare or benevolent dream that we call reality—which ends, in both cases, with death and the obliteration not only of literature, but of time.

The latter refers to the small bits and pieces that survive, that persist; and to reason. In his novel "The Savage Detectives," two avid young Latino poets never lose faith in their rarefied art no matter the vicissitudes of life, age and politics. If they are sometimes ridiculous, they are always heroic. But what can it mean, he asks us and himself, in his dark, extraordinary, stinging novella "By Night in Chile," that the intellectual elite can write poetry, paint and discuss the finer points of avant-garde theater as the junta tortures people in basements?

Is it courageous to read Plato during a military coup or is it something else?

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Amulet by Roberto Bolaño

By his own account, he was skinny, nearsighted, and bookish: an unpromising child. He was dyslexic and was often bullied at school, where he felt like an outsider. He came from a lower-middle-class family, [4] and while his mother was a fan of best-sellers they were not an intellectual family. The only interesting article in it was about a house that had once belonged to Dylan Thomas I got out of that hole thanks to a pair of detectives who had been at high school with me.

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It was published in It begins: "This is going to be a horror story. A story of murder, detection and horror. As she tries to outlast the occupiers and grows ever hungrier, Auxilio recalls her life, her lost teeth, her beloved friends and poets, and she soon moves on to strange landscapes: ice-bound mountains, seedy bars in "the dark night of the soul of Mexico City", a terrifying chasm, and a bathroom where moonlight shines, moving slowly from tile to tile. Her recollections mostly drift from when she arrived in Mexico to when Belano left Mexico , but end on an eponymous vision of the victims: "And although the song that I heard was about war, about the heroic deeds of a whole generation of Latin Americans led to sacrifice, I knew that above and beyond all, it was about courage and mirrors, desire and pleasure. And that song is our amulet. However, as Francisco Goldman has noted, Amulet "sings an enthralling and haunting ode to youth, life on the margins, poetry and poets, and Mexico City.

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