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The Secret Holy War of Santiago de Chile

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This series is designed to bring to North American readers the once-unheard voices of writers who have achieved wide acclaim at home, but are not recognized beyond the borders of their native lands. With special emphasis on women writers, Interlink's Emerging Voices series publishes the best of the world's contemporary literature in translation or original English.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Interlink Publishing Group
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Grady McCallie
Mar 29, 2012 Grady McCallie rated it liked it
A wild, anarchic, shaggy-dog thriller. An obnoxiously shallow writer of advertisements finds himself drafted in a war between God and the forces of evil. The point of view veers from third person omniscient to first person to second person, a stylistic reflection of the plot, which is continually spinning and off balance. The book bears flavors of Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco, and allusions to Jorge Luis Borges, but Parra is less disciplined, and more interested in drama than in the cool, ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
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What drags the book down is that the protagonist is an idiot, but not lovably so. Like, I just wanted the opposing sides of the secret holy war to converge and concentrate their wrath into killing him, Tito Livio Trivino: an advertising agent that wants to be a famous writer.

The opposing sides are, of course, god and the devil. Their war is secret, I guess. Carried on at night and completely pointless, i.e., immortality and the end of the world. All I could think is, why bother?

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Marco Antonio de la Parra es un psiquiatra, escritor y dramaturgo chileno, miembro de la Academia de Bellas Artes. Gran parte de sus obras están fuertemente influenciadas por el Régimen Militar de Chile, donde satiriza mediante metáforas la realidad nacional. Es autor de más setenta títulos traducidos a varios idiomas, entre piezas teatrales, novelas, libros de relatos y ensayos.

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