Taratuta. Naturaleza muerta con cachimba / Taratuta and Still Life with Pipe: Two Novels
Novel , 1990
Ed. Fondo de Cultura Económica
These striking novellas are the witty crystallizations of José Donoso's concerns over a lifetime of writing.
In them he poses many of the questions raised by his fellow Latin American writers, Fuentes, García Marquez, and Vargas Llosa: What is truth? How does one use history in fiction? How does an artist create? Taratuta is a mystery story in which a writer tries to track a slippery Russian revolutionary in history and in life. Still Life with Pipe shows the comeuppance of an ambitious man when he meets true art and can't escape its grasp.