: 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 his 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.

We can safely conjecture that his name collocates him with the many nameless Chileans who suffered economic hardship dur- ing hrrnan takeover of the salitreras and the subsequent failure of the industry.

The Road to Neoliberalism. Remember me on this computer. The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg. 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.

Upon arresting and brutally beating him, the police chief exclaims: Bucknell University Press, The rumors surrounding the saintliness of her work is called to attention when El Cristo is detained by the local police as they suspect him of stirring up leftist ideas in the camp. Business is, in fact, better than ever as she is able to attract workers from all the surrounding feudal mining towns, thereby surmounting the in-built structural limitations of the urbanized salitreras.

The break from a theological eth- ics in the characterization of the figure hints at the novels broader project of going beyond its spatial and tropic geographies, as El Cristo surmounts the mapped practices of the messiah. The protagonist of El Fantasista, for example, bears no physical resemblance to the aesthetic trope of the messiah.

Staging Politics in Mexico: University of Virginia Press, He completed his seventh dl eighth years of study at night school, and at the Inacap educational institute he earned his license as a secondary education instructor. Claudio Saavedra ‘s review Dec 16, The brothel, primal fanttasista the establishment of the homoso- cial and patriarchy in the desert, is also an ecclesiastic and economic center.


Flores, as he argues that the recent novelistic production in Chile can be divided into two categories. To survive, he sold newspapers. Today he lives in Antofagasta with his wife and four children.

Hernann, 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. Click here to sign up. By setting up a business away from the power structures of El Gringo and the multinationals, Magalena establishes an alternative economic structure letelir she envisions to be the foundation of a new town.

It further suggests that a tangible and viable economic system hernn outside the open-border dictates of globalization, as represented by the Gringo salitrera, built around the simplified factors of local supply and demand. The return of Magalena to La Piojo and to the intimate chambers of El Gringo underlines the demystification of the saintly prostitute, as she is guided more by the characteristics of the latter and less by the former, keep- ing with her self-given last name of Mercado.

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

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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Thirdspace effectively is a combination of first and second spaces, in a tex- tual and semantic structure that is tangible yet imaginary. We realize that the narrated setting is not as separated from broader discourses of power as we discover that the workers from Coya Sur, facing the closing-down of their mine and leteliier its structures, must win a last derby game against the fear- some team of Coya Norte.

Only flag comments that clearly need our attention. Like them he roams the landscape without hope or work, lacking a voice and relegated to the realm of those forgotten. 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.

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This turn crafts the secondspace of the brothel as an economic outpost of the multinational yoke, thereby infusing its structure with a decidedly non-rural characterization of space. Retrieved from ” https: A sport that causes religious admiration among chileans and that, in the loneliness of the salitreras, becomes one of the few things that can keep the nortinos away from insanity. The figure of the prostitute is constructed along two distinct but connected tangents that convene in the sacred space of the brothel.

The new space centered around the independent brothel and outside the topographic delineations of the mining town fulfills two functions.

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Later he left for Pedro de Valdiviaanother saltpeter mining town. 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 that is reeling from the transnational economic machinations of globalized trade.

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.

Editorial Planeta Chilena, This page was last edited on 5 Julyat Ltelier 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.

Until the age of 11 he lived in the Algorta Chile saltpeter mining town. This time, the main topic is letelisr prostitutes and miners, but football.

The author, however, does not men- tion the other messiah figures that repeatedly crop up in his work. 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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