: 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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Upon arresting and brutally riveera him, the police chief exclaims: His books are being translated to several languages and it is possible that film versions will be made.

The internal architecture of the town is pertinent as the company establishes separate zones of commerce, administration, and recreation, akin to urban centers. On his rides he sells small packets of naturopathic medicine that he champions over western pharmacy, telling his patrons that the mixture of herbs along with a small blessing are more powerful than any pharmaceutical. 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 excluded from contemporary discussions of a collective identity.

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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. Her riverq positions in favor of the workers, and against the multinational company, are exemplified in her explanation of the working conditions in La Piojo to El Cristo.

Archived from the original on 27 July Editorial Planeta Chilena, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read El Fantasista. Una historia que muchos quieren olvidar.

Flores, as he argues that the recent novelistic production in Chile can be divided into two categories. 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. Rivwra independent venture at the fringes eel civilization, yet hetnan 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.


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 diegetic process by which the latter is brought to fruition is based on the dyad established between the trope of the prostitute and the messiah. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Please help by adding reliable sources.

Bucknell University Press, It centres on the obsession of the historical-mythical folk preacher El Cristo de Elqui the Christ of Elqui with making a disciple of a devout prostitute called Magalena Mercado. The strike becomes the central axis around which the plot evolves, as El Cristo is increasingly viewed with suspicion as a leftist sympathizer who works against the interests of the multinationals.

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 new brothel reinforces the notion of the salitrera as a market, and by extension, the salitrera as urban through a simple set of equivalencies. Her eviction is corporal and architectural, as she is forced to leave the town with all her belongings, including the life-sized statue of the Virgin and her chicken Sinforosa.

Critical Studies of Cities and Regions. 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.

He stayed in Antofagasta, alone, until he was about Though innocent of the accusation, El Cristo does react to a general strike organized by the labor union, citing the need for greater pay and less working hours.

Thirdspace effectively is a combination of first and second spaces, in a tex- tual and semantic structure that is tangible yet imaginary. Later he left for Pedro de Valdiviaanother saltpeter mining town. He wears the uniform of a popular team and is bowlegged due to a tumorous testicle that prevents him from running or standing straight.

He completed his seventh and eighth years of study at night school, and tivera the Inacap educational institute he earned his license as a secondary education instructor. Until the age of 11 he lived in the Algorta Chile saltpeter mining town. From Wikipedia, the free legelier. Today he lives in Antofagasta with his wife and four children.

They are citizens of La Piojo and comulgate in the communal and functional spaces that are tracings of divera urban secondspace. It further suggests that a tangible and viable economic system exists outside the open-border dictates of globalization, as represented by the Gringo salitrera, built around the simplified factors of local supply and demand.


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

Search for a book to add a reference. What the text reveals through the misanthropic dialogues and actions of the preacher is an uneasiness of identification, a need to go outside the topologic and topographic boundaries of the trope herna, by extension, of the world of the salitrera. His disapproval of the physical union between the business-minded prostitute and the misanthropic preacher evokes a popular discontent with the coming together of the commercial and political world.

It also bears mentioning that the biblical trope in Rivera Letelier is not always that of the traveling Christ-like preacher as seen in most of his novelsbut is also that of the men who are metaphorically alluded to as saviors. 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.

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Edited by Jacqueline Bixler and Laurietz Seda. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. As the most important match in the 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 unveil through the plot.

Known both as a prolific and critically well-received writer, the body of criticism to date on Rivera Letelier is, however, surprisingly scarce.

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Business is, in fact, better than ever as she is able to attract workers from all the surrounding feudal irvera towns, thereby surmounting the in-built structural limitations of the urbanized salitreras. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. Away from the urbanized assemblage of the mining town and its supporting infrastructures, Magalena is hernwn to fend for herself in the arid, lifeless desert, in what should be a life-sentence.