The Mori brothers and the Chilean gore cinema dictionary are back. The seizure of the School of Theology by the neo-Nazi father of the only glam rock star of Chile is back. The writer that tallies, Ira Levinas, Osu and Kenji, who took his eyes out after drawing the masterpiece Caja negra are also back.
Published in 2006, Caja Negra was the first novel of this well-known Chilean author. Isolated from the market, it was widely distributed among students and avid readers all throughout Latin America, who recognize this book as the starting point of certain thematic and narrative choices that nowadays are completely established: parody as a form of homage, an allusion to a haunted history of Chile, the use of features undervalued by our highbrow culture —trash films, science fiction, comics, horror stories—, overflow and fragmentation and quoting as structural foundations. Today, Caja Negra comes to Laurel bigger and with a new design.
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«Bisama was able to read the way in which information and stimuli move about—broken, dispersed, cracked—and take that into the level of structure. The result is Caja Negra, a narrative experiment where traditions and narrative modes converge, and which tears down hierarchies that dictate what is high and what is low in culture.» Mauro Libertella
«This book probably defined my adolescence more than any other.» Daniela G. en Goodreads
«The novel was supposed to look like a torn-down bunker next to some suicidal rocky area that can be found in Valparaiso, or a skater park that was always empty while I was growing up in Villa Alemana. Empty spaces, full of possibilities, like those demolished houses Gordon Matta used to make art during the 70s; open buildings that expose their interiors as an abyss where everything can disappear into thin air without any reason (…). I always knew that it was going to be a very sad book.» Álvaro Bisama
Caja negra in the press
Caja negra and Música marciana, by Álvaro Bisama | Letras libres
Caja negra – Álvaro Bisama | Biblioteca Errante
Outline of a Crime: Caja negra by Álvaro Bisama | Anales de Literatura Chilena
Caja negra (novel by Álvaro Bisama) | Wikipedia