Mourning and Allegory in Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile

Roberto Bolaño’s novel By Night in Chile itself is almost a parody of the “confessional narrative” style that Idelber Avelar accuses of having met its “historical limit” in his book The Untimely Present: Postdictatorial Latin American Fiction. By embodying the voice of a man who wishes to confess but cannot admit to doing wrong, Bolaño … Read moreMourning and Allegory in Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile

Post-Colonial Theory in ‘By Night in Chile’ and ‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress’

Post-colonial theory divides the colonizer’s point of view from that of the colonized; however, literature, with its promiscuous plurality of points of view can understand, contain, and even synthesize different cultural perspectives. Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile describes members of Chile’s ruling elite under the Pinochet’s dictatorships. Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese … Read morePost-Colonial Theory in ‘By Night in Chile’ and ‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress’