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Mireya Keller, Gustav Mahler and Eric Neumann: Feminine Archetypes in En Tren de los Muertos

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Judy B. McInnis

University of Delaware
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En el tren de los muertos received Honorable Mention in the Contest Premio Fondo Nacional de las Artes in 1997; its author, Mireya Keller, has won numerous prizes, primarily for her short stories, in Chile and Argentina; she is also a prize-winning poet. She was born in Santiago, has resided in several Latin American countries and in Rome. Since 1992, she has lived in Buenos Aires where, since 1996, she has worked with a group of four writers to produce the radio program “Contextos”. Her novel reveals her imaginative power and her mastery of a lyrical style that opens the suffocation of grief to chronicle its manifestations within the members of a large family. The death she depicts is perhaps the most poignant, the death of a child of about four or five years old, the youngest child of a family of five children, and one who was its pet, its most-loved and doted upon latecomer, born after the fourth child had already reached her mid teens. Death is always difficult to comprehend, never more so than when it strikes down a child. Within the novel Keller contrasts the death of one of the grandmothers, a loss painful to assimilate but finally comprehensible because of her advanced age, with the death of the young child Esperanza. The loss of this child devastates the entire family, especially the mother, whose world is shattered by this evidence of Nature’s (and God’s) injustice.

How to Cite: McInnis, J.B., (2007). Mireya Keller, Gustav Mahler and Eric Neumann: Feminine Archetypes in En Tren de los Muertos. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 16(1), pp.135–165. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/40
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Published on 01 Jan 2007.
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