The Movies of My Life by Alberto Fuguet

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Beltrán Soler es de Chile, una tierra que se mueve. Es, además, un sismólogo que sabe más sobre las placas tectónicas que de la vida. Camino a Tokio, hace escala en Los Angeles, donde pierde el avión y se enfrenta a un temblor que lo remece. De pronto, las cincuenta películas más importantes de su vida, aquellos filmes que vio durante su infancia y adolescencia en los 60 y los 70, lo acosan.

Desde Willy Wonka y la Fábrica de Chocolates a Encuentros Cercanos del Tercer Tipo, pasando por las ruidosas cintas de catástrofe como Earthquake! y los filmes futuristas de los setenta como Soylent Green, Beltrán se conecta con su pasado y su excéntrica y disfuncional familia. De recuerdo en recuerdo, de película en película, Beltrán descubre la dimensión casi épica de la historia de los Soler. Ambientada en los dos mundos extrañamente paralelos de la suburbana California de Nixon, y el frío Santiago de Chile de Pinochet, esta ágil y contemporánea novela es sobre dos idiomas, dos mundos y dos familias que ven las mismas películas.

 

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Born in Santiago de Chile, Alberto Fuguet spent his early childhood in California. He is one of the most prominent Latin American authors of his generation and one of the leaders of the literary movement known as McOndo, which proclaims the end of magical realism. He has been a film critic and a police reporter. He lives in Santiago de Chile.Alberto Fuguet nació en Santiago de Chile, y pasó su infancia en California. Es uno de los autores latinoamericanos más destacados de su generación y uno de los líderes de McOndo, el movimiento literario que proclama el fin del realismo mágico. Ha sido crítico de cine y reportero policial. Vive en Santiago.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even more poignantly, Close Encounters of the Third Kind imaginatively likens the derelictions of Beltran’s father Juan with that film’s protagonist—who “goes up to the mother ship, abandoning his wife and children to go off into outer space.” The heady lure of grade-B disaster films confirms Bel...

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But the novel's true turmoil is personal: Beltrán's difficult adjustment to life in Chile, his adolescence and his family's collapse (his father leaves his mother the night Saturday Night Fever opens).

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If I were to list the movies of my life that made an impact, they would include The Wizard of Oz (for it touched off my imagination), Ron Howard's Parenthood (my first date with my first real girlfriend), and Phenomenon (the first movie I saw with my future wife).

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(We're talking big, mostly American tickets like ''Dumbo,'' ''The Poseidon Adventure,'' and ''The Deep.'') Soler spent those years shuttling between family members in Nixon-era California and Pinochet-era Chile.

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