: 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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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.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads fantawista. Rivera Letelier, however, deviates from the traditional and ethical juxtaposition of the two poles, and instead postures an economic reading of these charac- ters. Only flag comments that clearly need our attention.

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.

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Editorial Planeta Chilena, 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.

Log In Sign Up. The reception she gets coincides with the beginning of a new year and a hypothetical new beginning for the reintegrated prostitute within the economy of the salitrera, signaling a leaving-behind of the anti-establishmentarianism evidenced pre- viously. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read El Fantasista. The number of brothels per town is reflected in the poor conditions of La Piojo, as: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The thirdspace of the brothel as site of urbanity and neoliberal economics thereby centralizes the position of the prostitute in the creation of an urban epis- temology within the nothingness of the arid desert-text.

Known both as a prolific and critically well-received writer, the body of criticism to date on Rivera Letelier is, however, surprisingly scarce. The existence of her brothel is held in question as only workers employed by the company are given quarters.


This time, the main topic is letelierr prostitutes and miners, but football. 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 fanyasista vulgarities.

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 fantqsista leather ball.

I leteoier to say that Rivera-Letelier has achieved popularity thanks to his down-to-earth writing and the depiction of the lives of miners and prostitutes in the north of Chile that is already common in his works, but with the particularity that his words come not out of an aristocrat research of the recent history, but from a fellow’s experience gained through a coming-of-age in the Norte Grande, surrounded leelier those he writes about, experiencing first-hand the desolation that only life in the desert can bring upon men and women alike.

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His siblings went to live bernan his aunts. 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.

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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.

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 foundation of a new town. Flores, as he argues that the recent novelistic production in Chile can be divided into two categories. 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.

Staging Politics fl Mexico: December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Upon arresting and brutally beating him, the police chief exclaims: With the invention of synthetic fertilizers, foreign demand for nitrates took a mortal hit and many of the min- ing communities became ghost heran.

We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. Going Beyond the Salitrera: Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. The mystery surrounding the final days of El Cristo brings forth the action of resurrection, as the narrative comes full circle when Magalena leaves him and her dead chicken at the outskirts of La Piojo.


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 new structure, furthermore, underlines the importance of the brothel divera a thirdspace, as it is not inherently identified by the company quarters that previously characterized it within the borders of La Piojo, but is instead a combination of the firstspace composed of the bed and Virgin statue, and the secondspace of hernzn capitalist economy that it metonymizes.

University of Virginia Press, The industry and the region was at the center of letslier Pacific War fought between Bolivia, Chile and Peru inas national in- terests in the lucrative nitrate and saltpeter industries rose to a boiling point.

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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. Search for a book to add a reference.

By returning to La Piojo and reaffirming her role as the village harlot, Magalena Mercado transgresses the biblical binary that is salient in Rivera Letelier, furthermore negating the ideological possibility of challenging neoliberalism and the forces of globalization.

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 an inherent displacement of the subject.

Views Read Edit View history. Although his early works consisted of poetry and stories Poemas y Pomadas Cuentos breves y Cuescos de brevasit is as a novelist that he has had the greatest success, both critical and popular. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The satiric nature of his sermon comes full circle as he instructs his congregation: Refresh and try again.

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