Book: The Secret Holy War of Santiago de Chile
The Secret Holy War of Santiago de Chile
This novel is a modern Latin American classic of magical realism. When it was published in 1989, its combination of political satire, suspenseful plot structure, and corrosive humor kept it at the top of the Chilean best-seller list for many months. Marco Antonio de la Parra, cariously harassed, censored and sometimes banned under the Pinochet regime, has created a bizarre, anarchic novel which lays bare the psyche of that troubled nation.
Tito Livio Trivino is a disillusioned and cynical advertising agent in Santiago who suddenly finds himself swept up in a whirlwind of strange and terrifying events. He discovers that his father was a double agent for both God and the Devil; that he is carrying the key to the fourth and final letter of teh Tragrammaton, which will determine the future of Chile, and ultimately the whole of humankind; and that all at once it seems as if everybody is trying to kill him.
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