Alessandro Fornazzari is associate professor of Hispanic Studies, University of California, Riverside.
"Will be useful to scholars interested in how the logic of
business and economic policy has been transferred to noneconomic
spheres. . . . Poses important questions that will be the task of
future critics to explore and answer."--Enterprise and
"The immense virtue of Fornazzari's book is that it quickly
points us away from its somewhat simplistic premises and towards
the far more interesting task of exploring the real complexity, the
paradoxes and ironies as well as the continuing cruelties, of a
society that is in no way as dedifferentiated as its right-wing
boosters and many of its left-wing critics would like to
"Alessandro Fornazzari's brilliantly argued book sheds new light on the neoliberal turn that transformed Chile's public discourse since 1973. His compelling and sophisticated readings of novels, films, and essays constitute an important contribution to our understanding of the ways in which cultural artifacts work through the traumatic effects of the economic reshaping of the social sphere. From the political mediation of commodity fetishism on aesthetic grounds to the failure of allegory as a transitional form and the necessity and impossibility of critical restitution, Fornazzari's creative reinscriptions of crucial theoretical notions turn contemporary fiction into a privileged social space for the interpretation of Chile's political and economical unconscious."
--Mariano Siskind, Harvard University
"Many books and articles have been published on the Chilean transition to democracy and on the impact of neoliberal policies on the country. Speculative Fictions, however, stands alone. I am particularly struck by the author's elegant, simple, and apparently effortless rendering of highly complex theoretical material. Much of the pleasure in reading this work comes from its sophisticated and almost seamless fusing of theoretical points with cultural analysis."
--Horacio Legras, University of California, Irvine