Chile

ALEJANDRO ZAMBRA

The novel as examination paper: experimental fiction reaches new extremes

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Doorstoppers, slim volumes, loose leaves stacked in a box, bound pages fretworked with holes, epistolary exchanges, online postings, palimpsests…. Fiction…

Robinson Crusoe — with more company than Alexander Selkirk enjoyed

The story behind the story of Robinson Crusoe

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Some years ago, when I stepped from an unstable boat onto Juan Fernández island, a friendly man took my bag…

A film that dares to suggest that paedophile priests may be capable of holiness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Damian Thompson admires a Chilean film about paedophile priests which, unlike Spotlight, dares to explore social and psychological complexities

Forget Poirot, Holmes or Marlowe: there is nothing urgent or even logical about Chilean detective work

22 November 2014 9:00 am

If nothing else, a private investigator who has learned his trade from the works of Simenon stands out from the…

Mortar fire, weddings, camels, the French revolution: all kind of things get in the way of cricket

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It isn’t just the elk, either. Also bringing proceedings to a halt in this wonderful anthology are camels (Bahrain), cows…

An unlikely bestseller

14 January 2009 12:00 am

2666, by Roberto Bolaño