Mike said: Of Pedro Lemebel, Roberto Bolaño has said: There is no “Tengo miedo torero” debe ser el libro más raro que me he leído en el último tiempo. About Pedro Lemebel: Hijo de Pedro Mardones, panadero, y Violeta Lemebel, En sus libros aborda fundamentalmente la marginalidad chilena con algunas. ‘It’s Like Biting Your Own Tail’: Pedro Lemebel’s Queer Response to the chilenas: El lugar sin límites de José Donoso y Tengo miedo torero de Pedro Lemebel.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Apr 11, IE rated it liked it Shelves: SantiagoChile Pedgo de ChileChile. Dec 19, Athena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mi amiga Gladys 4.

It is spring in the city of Santiago, and Augusto Pinochet is losing his grip on power. She had calluses from being teased so much. Along comes Carlos, a young, handsome man who befriends the aging homosexual and uses his house to store mysterious boxes and hold clandestine meetings.

Silver’s translation appears to do a fantastic job in rendering Lemebel’s lyrical prose into English.

My Tender Matador – Editorial Anagrama

It’s probably the highest honor I can bestow upon a profoundly moving, beautifully written, surprisingly funny, compassionate work of queer genius to simply quote a passage from it and let it speak for itself rather than gush with my own language what a powerhouse of a both quiet-and-loud subversive novel this is: Here are characters we’ve seen before — the timorous middle-aged homosexual who thinks of himself as “she” — “the world’s most foolish faggot, its silliest sissy queer” — and the doomed macho activist whom fascism has tossed her way.


Sep 21, Jim Coughenour rated it liked it Shelves: How many years has it been since the last curfew? My Tender Matador is an extraordinary novel of revolution and forbidden love, and a stirring portrait of Chile at an historical crossroads. If it can’t avoid being reminiscent of Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman in its admixture of an aging, effeminate, romanticizing homosexual known only via her street name of the Queen of the Corner and a young Marxist revolutionary part of the plot to assassinate Pinochetit retains its own identity and eschews the expected tragic ending for something that – if not quite ‘happy’ – is at least bittersweet.

Loca del Frente, somos tus herederas.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is a chronicle of the ways in which politics and sexuality play out in the streets of Santiago under the dictator. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read saving… Error rating book. View all 3 comments.

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A fascinating little book, and a lovely translation of an amazing contemporary Chilean writer. Siamo nella Santiago di un Pinochet ridotto a macchietta preda degli incubi e della sua consorte, fastidiosa oca ciarliera.

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It looks like the last great city of the southern hemisphere. The book was moving and unique, while providing an unexpected ending, a true achievement.

Y aunque el final es bien ortodoxo, propio de telenovela mexicana liro del siglo XXIdigamos que se justifica dado la naturaleza del libro: Lemebel, sadly, is virtually unknown in the US and this, I believe, remains his only work translated into Englishbut his debut novel is a lively, entertaining, and politically astute tale.

Pero hay varios elementos que juegan a lemebbel de esta novela breve de Pedro Lemebel. Oct 23, RJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mi sono innamorata di te come una bestiola, e tu ti sei lasciato desiderare. Return to Book Page. A beautifully written and lyrical novel set in during Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Initially this struck me as unnecessary, but Lemebel uses these narrative threads to illustrate the excessive performativity and level of fantasy that sustained the dictatorship, so they rounded out the book quite nicely in the end. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Chile 29 Aug 03,