Contributions by Álvaro Bisama. Álvaro Bisama is a writer and literary critic. He holds a Phd in Literature from Pontificia Universidad Católica. Álvaro Bisama (Q). Chilean writer. Alvaro Bisama. edit Bisama, Alvaro -FILSA 10 24 fRFJPG 2, × 3,; KB. 0 references. Álvaro Bisama, Premio Academia de la Lengua y Municipal de Literatura de Santiago al mejor libro por Estrellas muertas en , confirma en Ruido una.

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To be there, walking along behind them. She lives in Zurich, Switzerland. What was a breakup, then, to the death of the universe?

Álvaro Bisama – Wikipedia

The language is straightforward, stripped down, alvwro replaced with metaphors: As the unnamed man thinks:. Follow Sounds and Colours: Bisama directs all of these events, through his narrator, with an even hand. Estrellas muertas Dead Starshis third novel, won the Santiago Municipal Prize for Literature and the Premio Academia, given out by the Chilean Academy of Language for the best book of It is as if time itself had settled into one of the small adobe houses a,varo there lived a contented, if monotonous, life.

The building became the Clearwater Church of the Virgin. Javeria and Donoso stayed together too long; the man and the woman are intent on splitting up while there are no casualties. What were bad memories? While Javiera and Donoso, the pages prove, are a volatile couple themselves, the primary drama is bisamz whether they will be doomed like the man and the woman something that seems quickly evident but how exactly the relationship will die.


Megan McDowell is a literary translator from Richmond, Kentucky. He is a regular book critic for the Lincoln Journal Star, and has fiction forthcoming in Palooka Magazine.

However, come the turn of the century the world entered another epic of the clamouring, the noise loud but the voices diminished. Comments Leave a comment: She lives in Zurich, Switzerland. Rows of chairs were laid out in the parking lot, employee traffic diverted to the Kmart lot next door, and three afternoons a week, impromptu services were held with rebel priests from a diocese that refused to label it a miracle. Whether this apocalypse is metaphorical is perhaps irrelevant.

His most recent novel, Ruido Noisewas published in It is testament to the bleakness of this novel that the dissolution of the relationship between the man and the woman is the closest thing here to a victory.

Noise Alfaguara,the Virgin was not content to take such a passive role.

Dead Stars by Álvaro Bisama

A week in, the front door was so crowded with bouquet arrangements that each day a janitor had to stuff a trash bin with floral dedication. It is a fact of modern life, with technology, hour news, the internet, that the noise never seems to end.

He began drinking heavily in his twenties, and eventually decided to change his sex, taking on the moniker the Russian Princess. The way Leopardi describes his pleasure of sounds makes one think, in this novel, that the pleasure of noise is just as fulfilling, when silence is the only other alternative. In the hyper-noisy world of modern life, one wonders if a form of silence will ever come again. A better term for it might be magical history.


She maintained, until the end, that she would resurrect. That was my good fortune, or bad. In real life, the Diocese of Valparaiso took the official position that the vidente was a fraud, and banned any priest within its ranks to perform services on Monte Caramelo.

Álvaro Bisama

Mother Mary, through forces perhaps alcaro, though undoubtedly political, had something to say to her flock. He also does not shy from the accusations that both the vidente and his buddies had an early teenage predilection to huffing that began just before the visions did. At the age of 14, around the beginning ofhe climbs Monte Caramelo and there he is first visited by the Virgin.

He brings, in fact, nothing but silence. The sky filled up with dead stars.

Too much discussion is made of the various members of his peer group writing songs, joining bands, getting popular in Valparaiso, getting more sophisticated, then falling into old habits.

Even the stars, the eternal lights, must cease. Bisama glides this mystery along, poetic numbered paragraph by paragraph, with packed sentences. Imagine if he shucked many of those long, discursive takes on architecture and history. Dead Stars is composed of nested stories centered on a newspaper picture of Javiera, as she is being arrested for an unknown crime.