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In the contemporary Chilean novel, Lumpérica, author Diamela Eltit makes a strong statement about the brutality of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile and the effects of this rule over the Chilean people and society. Within the text, Eltit cleverly disguises various components of the dictatorship into theatrical symbols in order to create a sense of theatricality about the “production” put on by the dictatorship. The imagery and symbolism show the interrogating nature of the dictatorship, as well as the physical and mental constraints placed upon the country’s citizens throughout this era. In Lumpérica, one is able to feel the tension of the people and the overwhelming, dramatic doom placed upon the protagonist, the citizens and the reader by Pinochet’s rule.

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