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Purgatory

Purgatory: A Bilingual Edition

RAÚL ZURITA
TRANSLATED FROM THE SPANISH AND WITH AN AFTERWORD BY ANNA DEENY
FOREWORD BY C. D. WRIGHT
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition: 1
Pages: 136
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1pncjc
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    Purgatory
    Book Description:

    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.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-94509-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. I-IV)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. V-VI)
  3. FOREWORD
    (pp. VII-X)
    C. D. Wright

    Purgatoryis, in all likelihood, the seminal literary text of Chile’s 9/11/1973, the date of the U.S.-backed military coup led by Augusto Pinochet that overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. With this first published collection of poems, the young Chilean poet Raúl Zurita began his Dantesque trilogy, his long, arduous pilgrimage toward earthly redemption. “Even if the evidence at hand might indicate that such a pursuit is folly,” Zurita would later write, “we should keep on proposing Paradise.”

    Hisobrabegan in conflict, the poet tormented by his own image, his self-loathing countered by an aspiration toward divine...

  4. PREFACE: SOME WORDS FOR THIS EDITION
    (pp. XI-XII)
    Raúl Zurita
  5. PURGATORY
    (pp. 1-96)
  6. NOTES
    (pp. 97-100)
  7. TRANSLATOR’S AFTERWORD: SPEAKING FROM THE WRECKAGE
    (pp. 101-117)

    On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet deposed Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. Supported by the CIA and U.S. military forces, Pinochet halted the progress of Allende’s socialist platform and transformed Chile into an export-based neoliberal economy. The multifront coup began shortly before dawn, when the Chilean armada occupied the town of Valparaíso. Soon after, the national air force bombarded La Moneda, the presidential palace in Santiago, as well as the surrounding plazas.¹ During the coup and throughout the ensuing seventeen-year dictatorship, tens of thousands of people on the streets, in factories, homes, and universities, were rounded up, detained,...

  8. Back Matter
    (pp. 118-118)