The Archival Abyss of Pinochet’s Chile: On Nona Fernández’s “Space Invaders”

November 24, 2022 IN HIS 1995 ESSAY Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, Jacques Derrida describes the archive as “a system or a synchrony in which all the elements articulate the unity of an ideal configuration.” “In an archive,” he continues, “there should not be any absolute dissociation, any heterogeneity or secret […] [T]his can only … Read more

Pinochet’s children

On August 27, 1984, an intelligence officer from Sifa, the secret branch of the Chilean air force, walked into the offices of the dissident Caucé magazine. Andrés Valenzuela had joined the force as a conscript shortly after Augusto Pinochet’s coup in 1973; he spent a decade working on the detention, torture and assassination of the … Read more