By Night in Chile Study Guide

By Night in Chile

By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano

By Night in Chile is the deathbed confession of Father Urrutia, a Chilean priest who recounts his life in a feverish and unbroken monologue. The novel is deeply political and portrays Urrutia's education of Augusto Pinochet as a grave sin against Chile. Urrutia himself considers his actions sinful and his life of ease within the Chilean literary world a betrayal of his faith and his countrymen. He dies repentant but wracked with guilt.

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