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Carmens Rust Ana Maria Del Rio

Carmens Rust

Ana Maria Del Rio

Published January 1st 2003
ISBN : 9780715632581
Hardcover
112 pages
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The literature written in Chile during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet remains largely unknown to English-speaking readers. One of the most important novels to emerge from that period, Ana María Del Ríos Carmens Rust creates a grippingMoreThe literature written in Chile during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet remains largely unknown to English-speaking readers. One of the most important novels to emerge from that period, Ana María Del Ríos Carmens Rust creates a gripping microcosm of Pinochets Chile—a world rife with hypocrisy, eccentricity, and alienation. Carmen, a teenage girl, attempts to overcome the social isolation and guilt family matriarchs have instilled in her, as her budding sexuality and incestuous urges form a powerful resistance against their domestic control. Forced to submit her book to government censors, del Río carefully constructed her story and her critique, setting the novel in Chile during the 1950s with artfully masked references and significant silences. Reminiscent of Kafka and Orwell, and written with humor, irony, and remarkable economy, Carmens Rust recounts a claustrophobic domestic nightmare—while tacitly attacking the bourgeois values and murderous control of the regime whose censors could not recognize the significance of what they were reading. Published on the thirtieth anniversary of the overthrow of Chiles democratically elected president, Salvatore Allende and available in English for the first time, this literary tour de force offers an astonishing portrait of the social, political, and cultural realities of dictatorship and political violence.