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: 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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His narrative function, however, does perpetuate an aura of salvation and sacrifice, as lletelier virtuoso performances with the football are augured to save the poor villagers of Coya Sur from one last humiliating defeat to their privileged counterparts from the North. By setting up a leteoier away from the power structures of El Gringo and the multinationals, Magalena establishes an alternative economic structure that she envisions to be hernann foundation of a new town.

Please help by adding reliable sources. In the early 19th century, speculators discovered vast reserves of saltpeter in the Negreiras, Pampa Negra, and Zapiga regions, which contributed to a boom in exports of nitrates to Europe.

The industry and the region was at the center of the Pacific War fought between Bolivia, Chile and Peru inas national in- terests fzntasista the lucrative nitrate and saltpeter industries rose to a boiling point. The second half of the binary, however, fares poorly, as he is forgotten and shies away from the public spot- light once enjoyed. Upon arresting and brutally beating him, the police chief exclaims: Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Claudio Saavedra ‘s review Dec 16, This time, the main topic is not prostitutes and miners, but football.

The existence of her brothel is held in question as only workers employed by the company are given quarters. The inability to build a concise and coherent discourse against both the liberalized system of the mining companies and the theological principles of the church suggests rjvera inherent displacement of the subject.


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Going Beyond the Salitrera: Remember me on this computer. Her leetlier venture at the fringes of civilization, yet con- nected to the urban by the railroad, 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.

This page was last edited on 5 Julyat 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. 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.

Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. The author, however, does not men- tion the other messiah figures that repeatedly crop up in his work.

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The built-in contradictions to his advice annul him as a political affront to the forces of globalization and neoliberalism, yet place him outside the traditional ethics of the messiah. Skip to main content.

This latter practice, however, locates Magalena outside the traditional boundary of the mapped trope, akin to the figure of El Cristo.

Views Read Edit View history. El enviado de Dios. The prostitute, we must remember, represents the entrepreneur that both sustains the local community and is in cahoots with the bigger foreign companies, whereas the messiah epitomizes the wandering politician who preaches hope and common sense to a populace tantasista is reeling from the transnational economic machinations of globalized trade. Critical Studies of Cities and Regions. Like the Christ figure of El Fantasista, however, Letelifr Cristo de Elqui plays a political role in the diegesis as during a train ride he warns of impending change and the takeover jernan the community by foreign forces.


The salitrera, which at first may seem like a pristine yet inhospitable desert-text, is redefined by the narrative inclusion of the railroad, as it reminds the reader that even the desert is in- terlaced with economic systems of production and consumption. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

From this we can conjecture that the Gringo and the Peruvian as foreigners sucking dry the national resources of the country represent the contemporary preoccupation with allowing foreign multinationals free-reign under the auspices of neoliberalism.

The protagonist of El Fantasista, for example, bears no physical resemblance to the aesthetic trope of the messiah. 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. Help Center Find new research papers in: 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.

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