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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Destinations of Desire? Chile und Deutschland in F.C. Delius' Adenauerplatz : Literatur von der Romantik bis zur Gegenwart
Destinations of Desire? Chile and Germany in F.C. Delius' "Adenauerplatz"
F.C. Delius published his novel "Adenauerplatz" in 1984. It is a book about a young man from Chile living in German exile. The protagonist remembers and reflects his activities in the agricultural reforms during the years of Salvador Allende's socialist government. Due to his political involvement, he had to flee abroad. The novel appeared while Pinochet was still in power, and, together with books and films of other authors, it made the public aware of the human rights violations of the military dictatorship in Chile. At the same time it shows the isolation of the protagonist in Germany. In the end there is no destination of desire left for him: he cannot go back to Chile and is not able to start a meaningful life in his host country. His former utopian expectations about social change give room to pessimism: In a world polarized by the antagonism between North and South he cannot find an imaginary space for future historical developments. In this regard, Delius' book describes the mood of the 68-generation during the early 1980s.
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