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Batman en Chile by Enrique Lihn

By Enrique Lihn

To my wisdom, unavailable in English--and unfortunately, it could possibly by no means be....

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Enrique Lihn, chileno, conocido como uno de los más
importantes poetas latinoamericanos de hoy, había in-
cursionado también en el cuento y el ensayo.
Con Batman en Chile se inaugura en los angeles novela.
El tema es de actualidad: el legendario rey de las his­
torietas viaja a Chile para hacerle un trabajito a la-C.I.A.
Tiene entreveros eróticos con los angeles refrigerada Juana Som- '
mers, el efebo Robin sufre pesadillas con los bombar- .
déos en Vietnam y el héroe se desorienta ante una re­-
volución donde hasta los 'malos' son legales y donde
el poderoso Willie Morgan le debe indicar sus pasos.
La resurrección de l. a. novela de aventuras, con su mar­
co ahora político, y teñida de un humor intencionado y
sutil, perra deleitar a lectores alertas.

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from a magazine article--i've copied all textual content that's on hand prior to the paywall. within the first paragraph, number 1 refers to this publication and the remainder refers to Lihn's profession. the second one paragraph less than starts discussing the plot....

The record may perhaps learn: 1) a Batman caricature made right into a political melodrama; 2) a final minute materialisation of enormous socialist utopian modernism; three) a cocktail party within the geographical region honouring the Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmüller; four) an experimental documentary changed into a Western; and, final yet now not least, five) a piglet walking within the urban centre, wearing army clothes. I admit the connections could seem obscure, yet someway those erratic, it sounds as if innocuous and more often than not forgotten activities that happened in Chile within the Nineteen Seventies and 80s compose a discontinuous lineage of corrosively ironic engagement with political aesthetics. This a little bit strange choice of 'provisional failures' constitutes a exhibit of Chile's extraordinary historical past of fragmented paintings stories, choked with neo-Dadaist humour and unorthodox leftist critique.1

The Pop We virtually Left Behind

In 1973, a number of months prior to Pinochet's army coup, Enrique Lihn's Batman en Chile used to be released in Buenos Aires.2 The e-book, a comic book strip within the kind of a unique, tells of the superhero's try to paintings on a top-secret project in Salvador Allende's Chile. The undertaking, devised by way of the CIA and the neighborhood right-wing elite, aimed to forestall the development of the 'red army' in South the USA, by utilizing Batman as a key weapon. the unconventional opens with the superhero's arrival in Pudahuel airport and his speedy delivery, in a personal helicopter, to an unique welcome celebration in a Batcave-like mansion within the middle of the Andes. the entire neighborhood visitors, sizeable and small, greet their hero wearing unflattering Batmen clothes for safety purposes. The look-alike crowd is a tense scene for the true Batman, who in a well mannered way tries[...]

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Ste se mostraba mucho menos generoso y técr:janéente más vulnerable ccn quienes tribajaban para él en la oscuridad de sus posesiones coloniales en el Terccr Mundo. Hacía siete meses, desde sus últimas vacaciones en Texas, que ella no disponía ni de la más mínima información sobre el estado de su inconsciente. En los sueños, éste suda­ ba copiosamente imágenes de un erotismo tropical, atra­ vesadas por toda clase de violencias. Al despertar, la frigidez de Juana permanecía inalterable como un iceberg que na­ vegara hacia los hielos eternos, a favor de una fría corriente submarina.

Todo lo que dice, Díaz —acotó Juana, con un espíritu inagotablemente crítico que excitaba a Batman, llenándolo de una indignación sombría y silenciosa— responde a un modelo obsoleto en cuanto a nuestras relaciones con I03 países pobres de esta parte del hemisferio. Si no fuera usted un obcecado idealista, comprendería por sí mismo que, con John F. Kennedy, murieron esas palabras que ha repe­ tido tan ingenuamente. Deje esas manos tranquilas, cada cosa a su tiempo. Nuestras computadoras anuncian que no reaparecerán en los discursos protocolares, al menos en los próximos diez años.

Y ahora qué hacemos? —preguntó Batman, reacio como siempre a enfrentarse con la policía en un país des­ concertante para un servidor del Derecho y del Orden, donde aquélla aparecía acompañada, una y otra vez, por algunos ciudadanos inestables e indignos de confianza. Juana se alzó de hombros con una expresión soñadora. Willie Morgan no era el blanco de estos disparos destinados a publicitar su fuga, cargándola a la cuenta de los delitos comunes que se le imputaban a su inolvidable amigo. Mientras el áspero individualismo tejano habría termina­ do allí con su vida, a esos prudentes bolcheviciues —cuya indolencia oriental se confundía con su disciplina partida­ ria— les estaba estrictamente prohibido incurrir en un cri­ men político que pudiera desalentar a sus electores de clase media.

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