Overlook Duckworth, 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #286966
91 pages. A novel by the Chilean author. English language edition. First American edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.
Forced to submit her book to government censors, del Río carefully constructed her critique, setting the novel in Chile during the 1950s with artfully masked references and significant silences. Reminiscent of Kafka and Orwell, Carmen's Rust recounts a claustrophobic domestic nightmare-while tacitly attacking the bourgeois values and murderous control of the regime. Published on the thirtieth anniversary of the overthrow of Salvador Allende and available in English for the first time, this literary tour de force offers an astonishing portrait of dictatorship and political violence.