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- نهر رائع من المشاعر، تأمّل مدهش، خيال آسر. "ليل تشيلي " عمل شديد الأصالة والتفرّد: رواية معاصرة كُتِبَت لتحتل مكانة عالية في الأدب العالمي.
(سوزان سونتاج)
- أعمال بولانيو مدهشة، متعددة الرؤى، لا يمكن تصنيفها، تجعل منه أحد أهم أبناء جيله من كتاب أمريكا اللاتينية.
(جريدة لوموند)
- أفضل أبناء جيله. إنه يتحول إلى أسطورة بسرعة النيازك.
(نيويورك تايمز)
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سباستيان أوروتيا لاكروا،
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320 pages
Published (first published 2000)
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s.penkevich
Sordel, Sordello, which Sordello?

Literature is like phosphorus,’ wrote Roland Barthes, ‘it shines with its maximum brilliance at the moment when it attempts to die.’ This view of literature existing at the precipice of the posthumous comes alive through Roberto Bolaño's Father Sebastian Urrutia and his deathbed confessions that make up the long night of By Night in Chile. Told in a single continuous paragraph—a style that hints with the flavor of Thomas Bernhard—Bolaño keeps the pressure and te
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Algernon
Jun 21, 2016 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

I am dying now, but I still have many things to say. I used to be at peace with myself. Quiet and at peace.
But it all blew up unexpectedly. That wizened youth is to blame. I was at peace.


The opening lines suggests this is a flashback sort of novel, a reinterpretation the past at the end of a long life and an appeal to the reader to hear the narrator's confession. His name is Sebastian Urrutia Lacroix, a Chilean of mixed Basque and French ancestry, a Jesuit priest, a poet, a literary critic, a
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Mike Puma

Reread. Re-5-starred. Reviewed, if ever so slightly.

But first, the obligatory digression.

Out, damned Scot! Out!—Lady Shakesbeth, wherever it was she said such things.

A fitful night’s recollections of a not quite literary life, a not quite political life, a not quite religious life—historically situated (Pinochet’s Chile), fantastically relived and recounted, sometimes at a meandering pace, other times at feverish pace, with belt-fondling, falconry, and pigeonshit. How postmodern can one get?

Abre

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Daniel
Nov 19, 2011 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites
What I have come to appreciate reading Bolaño's book is the fact that he takes you on several small journeys getting you from plot-point to plot-point. You almost don't realize that he is doing it until you finish one of these tangents and get led carefully back to the main storyline. That Bolaño trusts his talents enough to introduce characters that are only there to make a single point, that they exist in the novel just to die or to cease to exist just so some small nuance of Chile, the Church ...more
Kris
Aug 12, 2012 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Bolaño's stream of consciousness narrative, he presents the deathbed confessions of Father Sebastián Urrutia Lacroix, a Jesuit in Chile who also wrote as a literary critic and a poet. Through a spellbinding combination of feverish memories and anecdotes, dreams and nightmares recalled, and desperate justifications of past actions and inaction, Father Sebastián leads the reader through an evocative and disturbing picture of life and art in Pinochet's Chile. I found the novel mesmerizing. In on ...more
MJ Nicholls
Jan 28, 2012 MJ Nicholls marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
Oh shut up, Roberto. SHUT. UP. What is this cobblers? Why do you want me to read the rambling deathbed memoir of a Chilean priest who can’t let a sentence end and couldn’t find a paragraph break in a tower of cassocks? Why don’t you establish this character as an actual character? Why did you write a list of scenes or incidents that might be used in future novels instead of, to quote The Guardian—“a beautifully written analysis of Chilean literary life?” It gives me no pleasure to play devil’s a ...more
Dhanaraj Rajan
I found the book initially intimidating. It is a book that contains just two paragraphs and the second paragraph is just a line that appears at the last page of the book. Besides there were names, obviously from Chilean literati, of which I knew nothing. I had tried this book once earlier and abandoned it after 25 pages.

The second effort at reading it was a huge success. At least, in matters relating to the act of reading it. For, I sat at a stretch and read it in a day. Although I loved the lan
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Jonfaith
Aug 20, 2012 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a pair of immediate observations concerning By Night in Chile. The first involvees its lyrical quality; this is more a cycle of poems than mere standard novella. Episodes unfold and the focus clips along back to the Narrator, who isn't as unreliable as I first guessed. The second acute sense from the book is one of dread. There are a number of darkened hallways, closed doors, and isolated hilltops in the book. One gathers gradually that it isn't sage to look around too closely.

Confinin
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Teresa
Sep 22, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-chile, e4
"...o abismo e a vertigem, a pequenez do ser e a sua ridícula vontade, gente que vê televisão, gente que assiste aos jogos de futebol, o aborrecimento como um porta-aviões gigantesco circum-navegando o imaginário chileno. E esta era a verdade. Aborrecíamo-nos. Líamos e aborrecíamo-nos. (...) Porque não se pode ler todo o dia e toda a noite."

"Depois, a tempestade de merda abate-se."
Erial Noreste
Jul 03, 2016 Erial Noreste rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Difícil para los que no son chilenos saber que los personajes de esta novela se inspiran en dos instituciones fácticas de la literatura chilena del S.XX: Ibañes Langlois (Urrutia Lacroix), sacerdote del Opus Dei y crítico literario sin contrapeso durante la dictadura; y Alone (Farewell), Hernán Díaz Arrieta, otro crítico conservador "irrefutable", antecesor del primero.

Asimismo lo narrado en la novela no es más que una ficción sobre hechos y personajes estrictamente reales. Hechos que constituye
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Sarah ~

"أنا ، الإنسان الذي صنعَ اسماً على نحوٍ ما ، بل اسمان ، أحدهما مشهور ، وبعضُ الأعداء والكثير من الأصدقاء .."

هذا أفضل تقديم لشخصية بطل الرواية وعلى لسانه أيضاً .
القس سباستيان أوروتيا لاكروا ، الأديب والشاعر والناقد ، ذو النزعة التشكيكية ، والميال للإرتياب والمتصالح معَ نفسه إلى حدٍ ما ، "كنت في سلامٍ مع نفسي ، صامتْ وفي سلام " ، يأتي ماضيه ويلاحقه .فهو مصمم على وجود عدو "يهلوس بوجوده" يطلق عليه اسم " الشاب الهرم ".
وهو يحتضر يحكي قصصاً من الأدب والتاريخ و السياسة وعن تشيلي ..
في شبابه تعرف على ناقد
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain




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هنا حرق للأحداث لا يُنصح به لمن لم يقرأ الرواية بعد .


" إخلع الشعر المستعار " تشيستيرتون
الروح الوطنية الأصيلة تقابلها النزعة التشكيكية في فضح كل دخيل في عالم الأدب .. هكذا يباغتنا بولانيو

الروائي التشيلي روبرتو بولانيو بعد قراءة روايته " التعويذة " للمرة الثانية يتسرب من بين يداي كلما حاولت استجماعه / فهو ماء الأدب / بنسقه المشتت بين حكايا وأحلام وكوابيس لا تملك إلا أن تستثنيه عن المجموعة اللاتينية وعن واقعيتهم السحرية فهو يحلق عالياً ك صقور روايته ليصطاد الحمام الذي يلوث الكنائس بالفضلات ،
ف
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Amir
Feb 17, 2015 Amir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
سختی خوندن کتابهای بولانو برمیگرده به دو چیز. یکی اینکه بولانو راوی شاعرها و نویسندههای شیلی هست. طبیعتا کسی که با این ادبیات آشنایی نداشته باشه نمیتونه ارجاعات مسلسلوار کتابهاش رو درک کنه. از طرف دیگه نثر خود بولانو نثر مکلفی هست و هیچوقت به ساده و بیپرده گفتن تن نمیده. هر دو تای این عوامل باعث میشن بولانو نویسندهی «سختخوان»ی باشه.

ارجاعات کتاب رو خوب متوجه نشدم. تا نصفههای کتاب داشتم مدام این سوال رو میپرسیدم که چرا دارم این کتاب رو میخونم تا اینکه از نیمهها به بعد و با شروع سفر راوی کشیش و من
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Abailart
Jan 24, 2011 Abailart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I thought this very good. It's my first encounter with this writer, and although I have seen reviews suggesting his 'difficulty', I have no hesitation in recommending this to anybody. (I thank Mike Puma for suggesting it as probably the most suitable introduction to the author).

It's very rich and dense, with startling images and cross-cutting motifs; many extratextual references too, but I hardly think they matter at this stage. Later, I will return to read the book again, as one will return to
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Julie
May 26, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very memorable, powerful book that asks the very difficult but important question: what is the relevance (if any) of literature to Real Life, especially when said Real Life involves political turmoil? (Specifically a military coup when people are being tortured and killed in basements while literary parties are taking place upstairs.) Is it brave and wise to read Thucycides and Plato when a democratically elected president is being overthrown, or just stupid and detached? With this novella, na ...more
Fabian
Sep 12, 2016 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With confidence and style, Bolano continues his attempt at crystallizing the exploits of the literati in Latin America—here more specifically, in Chile. In very little (this is a novel composed solely of TWO paragraphs!) the stream of consciousness vacillates between various moods and anecdotes—it is indeed very similar to the transcendental musings of Auxilio Lacouture atop her fortress of the UNAM in “Amulet”, a novel that is far superior, w-a-a-a-y more magical, than this one.

At times the Chi
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El Avestruz Liado
Mar 05, 2013 El Avestruz Liado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does the world needs another review of "By Night in Chile"? Of course not, so let me just give a few pieces of advice for the prospective reader:

- Try to allow yourself some time to read it in a single sit. The book is structured as a single paragraph, so you better read it with as few interruptions as possible.

- The first third is rather slow, the very beginning is nice but then it goes into mincing Chilean literature. I guess most of you will recognize some names like Neruda, Parra and Donoso
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Mila
Sep 21, 2016 Mila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: español
Son 150 páginas de una incandescente intensidad. Intensidad dramatúrgica con episodios que tienen lugar entre Chile, Francia, España, Bélgica, Austria, donde aparecen Neruda, Jünger o Pinochet, que se encajan con fluidez uno adentro del otro. Intensidad metafísica con el planteo central de las cuestiones del sentido de la vida humana, del arte y del Mal. Y sobre todo, inmensa intensidad poética, con un lenguaje hipertrofiado que se despliega sin respiro en un único párrafo, como un grito en la n ...more
Jim Elkins
A Different Model of How to Attach Politics to Literature
and
What it Means to Write a Novel After Novels Have Ended


Two thoughts about Bolano's "By Night in Chile."

1. A Different Model of How to Attach Politics to Literature

Like others of Bolano's books, Night in Chile is a concerted fusion of two worlds: the society of writers and poets (their parties, their conversations, their lifestyles), and the society of political control (in this case Pinochet's generals and his repressive regime). The na
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Gill
Jul 20, 2016 Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I know of Bolaño, this is the first book that I've read by him.

I found it a help that I knew something about Chile and its history. This enabled me to concentrate more on the essence of the book, which is to do with duty, responsibility, freedom, complicity etc etc.

Although there were occasions when I found the writing style difficult, I am pleased that I read it. There were sections that were amusing as well as serious eg when the narrator was sent to Europe to research how various chu
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MarkoGilmore
Aug 27, 2016 MarkoGilmore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*
Alborz Baghipour
روایتی از مرور خاطرات اعترافگونهی کشیش و شاعری شیلیایی در بستر مرگ. «شبهنگام در شیلی» نخستین رمانی از بولانیو بود که به انگلیسی منتشر شد و برای او در ادبیات جهان شهرت به ارمغان آورد. کل کتاب -صد و اندی صفحه- در یک پاراگراف نوشته شده؛ راوی -که حالا در بستر مرگ است- بیوقفه خاطرات جوانیاش را بازگو میکند؛ خاطراتی که چون تصاویری گاه مبهم از برابر چشمانش میگذرد و انگاری بخشی از تاریخ ادبیات شیلی است. تاریخ ادبیات جهان حتا
بی شک «شب هنگام در شیلی» نمیتواند بهترین اثری از بولانیو باشد که تابهحال خواندهام
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Barry Pierce
This can be seen as Bolaño's Death of Ivan Ilyich. A dying man recounts his earlier years spent with Neruda et al. This seems to be one of Bolaño's most popular works according to this website and I just cannot think why. The entire novel is one solid block of text, the narrator rambles a lot and it's basically a poor man's version of Amulet. While the prose is as excellent as ever I did find myself fading in and out of this narrative, nothing stuck. It's a pity really. Bolaño is better than thi ...more
Andrew
How does an individual become complicit with fascism? Especially a supposedly sensitive, intelligent individual? Much like in Istvan Szabo's film Mephisto, an artistic-minded type becomes seduced by the advantages that come with being a collaborator. Father Lacroix, like so many Chileans of his generation, he tells himself a million lies and reassurances in a futile attempt to escape the darkness of his situation. More Gothic than either 2666 or The Savage Detectives, this is a thoroughly powerf ...more
Helena
Jul 02, 2016 Helena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro "católico" de Bolaño por así decrilo. El largo y genial monólogo de un creyente que se entrelaza con los fantasmas de la dictadura. No es para mi la gran obra de Bolaño, tampoco esta entre sus cinco mejores libros, pero tiene algo muy interesante. Es un libro para adultos - en general a Bolaño se le atribuye el fervor adolescente - como si Bolaño diera una oportunidad más allá de "Los detectives salvajes". Un libro así prueba que Bolaño es mucho más que un mero entretenimiento para la f ...more
Steven
"I am dying now, but I still have many things to say." (3)
With these words, By Night in Chile begins; the entire novella is the rant, the at times feverish monologue, of an old man who is apparently on his deathbed (he quite literally is in bed, propped up on an elbow, while he recounts parts of his past). The old man, Father Sebastián Urrutia Lacroix, is a member of the Opus Dei, as well as a poet and literary critic. These elements, combined with the (socio-political) setting of Chile, consti
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Lissette
Feb 25, 2015 Lissette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"By Night in Chile" has pains and memories that wash up and phase out with such knowningness and readiness, that seem to contradict only a linear form of time, in which Bolaño was sure not to make. It takes a sort of perspective that is willing to not run over the events while reading, to accept what is to be known instead by Father Urrutia to gather not a story with an ending, but a person's life as it oscillates through uneven measures of extreme emotions, but emotions and feelings that are la ...more
Matt
Jul 31, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A failed poet gone Jesuit priest is introduced to Chile's literary elite and, from there, is swept into Opus Dei and the collaborative persecutions of the church and the Pinochet regime. Bolano's criticism of aesthetic intelligensia unfolds at first gradually, then in a torrent of disturbing fury as the plot rapidly darkens. The deep pit yawns before the protagonist as he tells the wife of a torturer to pray while running his fingers along the spines of his favorite books on her shelf. This seem ...more
Tina
Jan 14, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
So I have this friend who writes books. He used to read books too, until one day he found himself in a relationship and stopped. He told me once that I would probably like his last book, the conversation went something like:

Me: Bitch, when did you publish this last book, and why don't I have a copy?
M: A few months ago....
Me: What is it about?
M: You know, stream of consciousness...
Me: Man, you are so sick in the head, I don't ever want to read a book about your issues.
M: You'll love it.

But anyway
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دايس محمد
لا يختلف موضوع هذه الرواية عن موضوع رواية بولانيو تعويذة ، فالحضور السياسي و ما يخلفه القمع و الانقلاب العسكري في المجتمع يحضر هنا أيضاً بقوة لكن يختلف المكان فهنا تشيلي لا المكسيك ، و هنا مثقف متواطئ مع السلطة القمعية لمعارض يتخفى و يحاول تذكير الناس بحرياتهم ، بل على العكس هنا معضلة المثقف المتواطئ الذي يجد نفسه و قد فرغت من الحياة و صارت أقرب إلى الموت ، و في محاولة من النظام لاستعادة روح المثقفين المتواطئين يبدأ سرد الحدث ، و الذي يحاول فيه المثقف تبرير فعلته لذاته رغم استحالة هذا الأمر في ن ...more
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For most of his early adulthood, Bolaño was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain.

Bolaño moved to Europe in 1977, and finally made his way to Spain, where he married and settled on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona, working as a dishwasher, a campground custodian, bellhop and garbage collector — working during the day and writing at night.

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