: 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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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. His books are being translated to several languages and it is possible that film versions will be made. He wears the uniform of a popular team and is bowlegged due to a tumorous testicle that prevents him from running or standing straight.

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 all its structures, must win a last derby game against the fear- some team of Coya Norte. 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.

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The figure of the prostitute is constructed along two distinct but connected tangents that convene in the sacred space of the brothel.

The internal architecture of the town is pertinent as the company establishes separate zones of commerce, administration, and recreation, akin to urban centers. I find Rivera-Letelier’s writing to be of little innovation here, but his works are of high value for those interested in the north and its mysteries.

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Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. The existence of her brothel is held in question as only workers employed by the company are given quarters.

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. He married a year-old girl when he was Contents Going Beyond the Salitrera: The brothel, primal to the establishment of the homoso- cial and patriarchy in the desert, is also an ecclesiastic and economic center.

The satiric nature of his sermon comes full circle as he instructs his congregation: This latter practice, however, locates Magalena outside the traditional boundary of the mapped trope, akin to the figure of El Cristo.


We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. 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.

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.

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. 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.

Views Read Edit View history. 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. Upon arresting and brutally beating him, leteluer police chief exclaims: He returned to Antofagasta in and began to work at another company, Mantos Blancos.

Log In Sign Up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The industry and the region was at the center of the Pacific War fought between Bolivia, Chile and Peru inas national in- terests in the lucrative nitrate and saltpeter industries rose to a boiling point.

Rivera Letelier, however, deviates from the traditional and ethical juxtaposition of the two poles, and instead postures an economic reading of these charac- ters. This coincides with El Cristo asking her to assume her position within the biblical dialectic, though in a decidedly more carnal nature, to which Magalena refuses, citing that her work is too a commitment that she must keep.

Away from the urbanized assemblage of the mining town and its supporting infrastructures, Magalena is left to fend for herself in the arid, lifeless desert, in what should be a life-sentence.

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. Claudio Saavedra ‘s review Fantasixta 16, The second half of the binary, however, fares poorly, as he is forgotten and shies away from fantasusta public spot- light once enjoyed.

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. Contentious material hegnan living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Only flag comments that clearly need our attention. 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.


It is at this moment that the figure of the messiah emerges, as he be- comes a discursive counterpoint to the powers of globalization and economic subjugation.

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The northern borders of the slender country are characterized by the arid and scarcely populated regions of the Atacama Desert. This time, the main topic is not prostitutes and miners, but football. The protagonist of El Fantasista, for example, bears no fantwsista resemblance to the aesthetic trope of the messiah. University of Virginia Press, Una historia que muchos quieren olvidar. The intrinsic qualities of this independent venture against, what I argue, an urbanized faantasista 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.

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.

Edited by Jacqueline Bixler and Laurietz Seda. 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. This latter point is harnessed by Arturo C.

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. The subsequent anxiety of identification lletelier the textual space of the desert, that is, its failure to be regulated by the confines of the desert trope, are equally applicable to the figures of the prostitute and messiah who, like the spatial referent, heavily deviate from their tropic boundaries.