Space Invaders by Nona Fernández


A dreamlike evocation of a generation that grew up in the shadow of a dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

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“What a haunting, intimate, and playful story this is! Short enough to read in a day, powerful enough to be remembered long after you read it, Space Invaders recounts the dreams and memories of a class of students who grew up — and were torn apart — by totalitarian rule in 1980s Chile. Fans of Marquez will enjoy this translation.”

Space Invaders is the story of a group of childhood friends who, in adulthood, are preoccupied by uneasy memories and visions of their classmate Estrella González Jepsen. In their dreams, they catch glimpses of Estrella’s braids, hear echoes of her voice, and read old letters that eventually, mysteriously, stopped arriving. They recall regimented school assemblies, nationalistic class performances, and a trip to the beach. Soon it becomes clear that Estrella’s father was a ranking government officer implicated in the violent crimes of the Pinochet regime, and the question of what became of Estrella after she left school haunts her erstwhile friends.

Growing up, these friends—from her pen pal, Maldonado, to her crush, Riquelme—were old enough to sense the danger and tension that surrounded them, but were powerless in the face of it. They could control only the stories they told one another and the “ghostly green bullets” they fired in the video game they played obsessively.

Space Invaders by Nona Fernández
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