José Donoso
José Donoso Yáñez was a Chile
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an writer. He lived most of his life in Chile, although he spent many years in self-imposed exile
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 in Mexico
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, the United States
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) and mainly Spain
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. Although he had left his country in the sixties for personal reasons, after 1973 he claimed his exile was also a form of protest against the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet
Augusto Pinochet
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. He returned to Chile in 1981 and lived there until his death.

Donoso is the author of a number of remarkable stories and novels, which contributed greatly to the Latin American literary boom
Latin American Boom
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. The term 'Boom' was coined in his 1972 essay Historia personal del "boom". His best known works include the novels Coronación, El lugar sin límites
El lugar sin límites
Hell Has No Limits is a 1966 novel written by Chilean José Donoso. The novel tells the story of a bordello, and details the prostitutes' way of life. The main character is Manuela, the transvestite who owns the bordello. A number of other memorable characters are introduced...

(The Place Without Limits) and El obsceno pájaro de la noche (The Obscene Bird of Night
The Obscene Bird of Night
The Obscene Bird of Night is the most acclaimed novel by the Chilean writer José Donoso...

). His works deal with a number of themes, including sexuality
Human sexuality
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, the duplicity of identity, psychology
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, and a sense of dark humor.

After his death, his personal papers at the University of Iowa revealed his homosexuality; a revelation that caused a certain controversy in Chile.


  • The self in the narratives of José Donoso : Chile, 1924-1996 / Mary Lusky Friedman., 2004
  • The veracity of disguise in selected works of José Donoso : illusory deception / Brent J Carbajal., 2000
  • José Donoso's house of fiction : a dramatic construction of time and place / Flora María González Mandri., 1995
  • Understanding José Donoso / Sharon Magnarelli., 1993
  • Studies on the works of José Donoso : an anthology of critical essays / Miriam Adelstein., 1990
  • José Donoso, the "boom" and beyond / Philip Swanson., 1988
  • The creative process in the works of José Donoso / Guillermo I Castillo-Feliú., 1982
  • José Donoso (Twayne's World Authors Series) / George R McMurray., 1979


  • Racionalidad e imaginación : transposiciones del cuerpo y de la mente en los cuentos de José Donoso / Sergio Véliz., 2001
  • Las últimas obras de José Donoso : juegos, roles y rituales en la subversión del poder / Michael Colvin., 2001
  • Donoso sin límites / Carlos Cerda., 1997
  • José Donoso, escritura y subversión del significado / Laura A Chesak., 1997
  • José Donoso : desde el texto al metatexto / Enrique Luengo., 1992
  • El simbolismo en la obra de José Donoso / Augusto C Sarrochi., 1992
  • José Donoso, impostura e impostación / Ricardo Gutiérrez Mouat., 1983
  • José Donoso : incursiones en su producción novelesca / Myrna Solotorevsky., 1983
  • Ideología y estructuras narrativas en José Donoso, 1950-1970 / Hugo Achugar., 1979
  • José Donoso : una insurrección contra la realidad / Isis Quinteros., 1978
  • José Donoso : la destrucción de un mundo / José Promis Ojeda., 1975

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