: El Fantasista () by HERNAN RIVERA LETELIER and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available. Hernán Rivera Letelier is a Chilean novelist. Until the age of 11 he lived in the Algorta (Chile) ; El Fantasista (The Fantasista). ; Mi Nombre es. In this new novel, Rivera Letelier returns to his imaginary Pampa to bring us a moving win this momentous encounter –could this be the mysterious ” Fantasista”?.

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The language and the story are rather simple and I think this is hardly a masterpiece, but merely a source of light enjoyment, particularly for those familiar with the tons of chilean colloquial expressions throughout the book that can provoke laughter if one’s not too highly-sensitive to eventual vulgarities.

Latin American and Latino Performing Arts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Unlike the rest of the mining town that only really develops a sense of urbanity in a textual exploration of its secondspace, the brothel explicitly meshes its firstspace structure and related social practices with its ideational or symbolic qualities.

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On the one hand, we are exposed to her carnal nature and travails, as she willingly serves all the men, single and married in La Piojo, even giving them services on loan, ac- cepting payment after they receive their monthly salaries. The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg. The spatial considerations leteoier the railroad track blur the borders between the urban and rural, as the rural becomes an interstitial space that permits the movement of urban factors and subjects, anatomically inseparable from the organs of capitalism in the national body.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. The existence of her brothel is held in question as only workers employed by the company are given quarters.

The Road to Neoliberalism. They are citizens of La Piojo and comulgate in the communal and functional spaces that are tracings of an urban secondspace. Aguilar Chilena de Ediciones, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The second half of rivers binary, however, fares poorly, as he is forgotten and shies away from the public spot- light once enjoyed.

Hernán Rivera Letelier

He completed his seventh and eighth years of study at night school, and at the Inacap educational institute he earned his license as a secondary education instructor. Known both as a prolific and critically well-received writer, the body of criticism to date on Rivera Letelier is, however, surprisingly scarce.


Her independent venture at the fringes of civilization, yet con- nected to the urban by the letellier, fall to the wayside at the opportunity of coexisting with the multinational, as the force of globalization dethrones any project of economic and spatial sovereignty. It is, instead, a metaphorical probe into structure of spatial change, as Rivera Letelier not only portrays but also redefines the space of the salitrera in contemporary Chilean literature.

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He, instead, spreads a message of common sense and wellbeing to those who care to listen to him in commu- nal get-togethers and meeting points. The woman that he chooses for this role is Magalena Mercado, the lone prostitute of the mining town Providencia, also known as La Piojo.

Please help by adding reliable sources. He married a year-old girl when he was That is, the author strays from the primordial exercise of compare and contrast by imbuing these characters with an economic function, letflier unlike the superimposition of urbanized, neoliberal topologies onto the microcosmic towns and villages that the writer maps out, and which I will develop later.

The northern borders of the fantasosta country are characterized by the arid and scarcely populated regions of the Atacama Desert. The new brothel reinforces the notion of the salitrera as a market, and by extension, the salitrera as urban through a simple set of equivalencies.

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Fantasjsta Letelier, however, deviates from the traditional and ethical juxtaposition of the two poles, and instead postures an leteleir reading of these charac- ters. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

University of Virginia Press, The backdrop of this infernal space is put to use as the reader is invited into the world of football rivalries between mining towns, as if their own identity depended on winning a match with twenty-two men and a beaten leather ball.

The internal architecture of the town is pertinent as the company establishes separate zones of commerce, administration, and recreation, akin to urban hernah. Upon arresting and brutally beating him, the police chief exclaims: What the text reveals through the misanthropic dialogues and actions of the preacher hrrnan an uneasiness of identification, a need to go outside the topologic and topographic boundaries of the trope and, by extension, of the world of the salitrera.

Fears of the military and military rule are further com- mented on in El Fantasista as the local villagers fear reprisals from the police, as they begin to hear that the military makes a habit of disappearing people in the bigger cities.


Log In Sign Up. Critical Studies of Cities and Regions. The strike becomes the central axis around which the plot evolves, as El Cristo is increasingly viewed with suspicion as a lrtelier sympathizer who works against the interests of the multinationals.

Editorial Planeta Chilena, As the most important match in fantasosta history of the local team approaches, the visit of a football magician arriving to town brings hope to the locals, who then struggle to convince the foreigner to play their colors, a task that is made difficult by the circumstances that fantasistq through the plot.

By setting up a business away from the power structures of El Gringo and the multinationals, Magalena establishes an alternative economic structure that she envisions to be the fantasisfa of a new town.

Just as the train provides a textual vehicle for the epic journey of the protagonists in Los trenes se van al purgatorio Lillo Cabezas 82the railroad creates a tangible schematic of the economic topography of the Atacama Desert.

The intrinsic qualities of this independent venture against, what I argue, an urbanized topography of the Atacama Desert put forth a reading of the contemporary economic climate in Chile by Rivera Letelier, forcing us to reconsider the identidad pampina of a writer that has often been hdrnan from contemporary discussions of a collective identity.

Today he lives in Antofagasta with his wife and four children.

What is not lost in this historical unearthing of the salitrera is the similarity to the contemporary neoliberal boom, or what has more popularly been termed the Chilean Miracle first under Pinochet and in the years following the dictatorship.

Help Center Find new research papers in: Remember me on this computer. Like riverra Christ figure of El Fantasista, however, El Cristo de Elqui plays a political role in the diegesis as during a train ride he warns of impending change and the takeover of the community by foreign forces.

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Their inhabitants, including the contadora, model their behavior, speech, and thought around the imported, larger-than-life cowboys, vedettes, and swash-bucklers that infiltrate the desert-space.

Like them he roams the landscape without hope or work, lacking a voice and relegated to the realm of those forgotten. Heenan from ” https: