Raúl Zurita'sPurgatory,a landmark in contemporary Latin American poetry, records the physical, cultural, and spiritual violence perpetrated against the Chilean people under Pinochet's military dictatorship (1973-1990) in the fiercely inventive voice of a postmodern master. This beautifulen face edition,superbly translated by Anna Deeny, brings to English-language readers an indispensable volume written by one of the most important living poets writing in Spanish today. Zurita was a 24-year-old student in Valparaíso when, on the morning of the coup, he was arrested, detained, and tortured. Conceived as the first text of a Dantean trilogy that includesAnteparaíso (Anteparadise)andLa Vida Nueva (The New Life), Purgatoryis his anguished response to Chile's violent recent history.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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