I don’t think there is “greatest Chilean of all time". Despite this, today I’m going to write about a Chilean woman very important for me. She is Maria Luisa Bombal.
María Luisa Bombal is a Chilean writer who lived between 1910 and 1980. She was notable for writing stories and short novels, where incorporated themes of eroticism, surrealism and feminism. Also, she ranks among a small number of Latin American female authors whose works received worldwide acclaim.
I love how this writer captures the feminine sensibility in his work, addressing issues that were taboo at the time. She was a visionary woman. In addition, her life fascinates me. She was eccentric and passionate, who lived and suffered for love like the characters in her books.
Some of her works are the novels La Última Niebla, La Amortajada and the Stories The Tree. If you want to read a work of this author that in English, you can choose House of Mist. This novel has been translated into Spanish. Here is the prologue of the book to become motivated to read…
"I wish to inform the reader that even though this is a mystery, it is a mystery without a murder. He will not find here any corpse, any detective; he will not even find a murder trial, for the simple reason that there will be no murderer.
There will be no murderer and no murder, yet there will be... crime. And there will be fear. Those for whom fear has an attraction; those who are interested in the mysterious life people live in their dreams during sleep; those who believe that the dead are not really dead; those who are afraid of the fog and of their own hearts... they will perhaps enjoy going back to the early days of this century and entering into the strange house of mist that a young woman, very much like all other women built for herself at the southern end of South America" (p. 3).
Finally, if this writer were alive and if I could give her an interview, I ask two things:
1.-What inspired you to write your books?
2.-How would you define the modern woman?
Ps: this year the movie was released Bombal, starring Mary Levin. I recommend it!