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By Night in Chile

(2003)
A novel by

 
A deathbed confession revolving around Opus Dei and Pinochet, By Night in Chile pours out the self-justifying dark memories of the Jesuit priest Father Urrutia.

As through a crack in the wall, By Night in Chile's single night-long rant provides a terrifying, clandestine view of the strange bedfellows of Church and State in Chile. This wild, eerily compact novel--Roberto Bolaño's first work available in English--recounts the tale of a poor boy who wanted to be a poet, but ends up a half-hearted Jesuit priest and a conservative literary critic, a sort of lap dog to the rich and powerful cultural elite, in whose villas he encounters Pablo Neruda and Ernst Jünger. Father Urrutia is offered a tour of Europe by agents of Opus Dei (to study "the disintegration of the churches," a journey into realms of the surreal); and ensnared by this plum, he is next assigned--after the destruction of Allende--the secret, never-to-be-disclosed job of teaching Pinochet, at night, all about Marxism, so the junta generals can know their enemy. Soon, searingly, his memories go from bad to worse. Heart-stopping and hypnotic, By Night in Chile marks the American debut of an astonishing writer.

 
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Paperback Editions

July 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: By Night In Chile
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-09-945939-6 / 978-0-09-945939-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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December 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: By Night in Chile
Author(s): Roberto Bolano, Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0-8112-1547-4 / 978-0-8112-1547-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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February 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: By Night In Chile
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 1-84343-035-5 / 978-1-84343-035-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: By Night In Chile
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2003 : USA Kindle edition
Title: By Night in Chile
Author(s): Roberto Bolano
Publisher: New Directions
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