by Fernando Alegría
Published: 30 Jun 1986
Bind: Trade Paperback
The Funhouse is a surrealistic vision of American society and politics during the era of the Vietnam War. The protagonist, recently emigrated from Latin-America to the United States, experiences the Vietnam-tainted culture through the warped lens of an amusement park funhouse. Relationships are subjected to the Chamber of Horrors which perverts love, sex and family into random acts of corruption, violence and inhumanity. All who seek love and companionship must pass through the Hall of Mirrors which reveals the truth about the often distorted and obscured self-image.
Alegría captures the spirit and ideology of the sixties and reignites its guiding light of salvation: uncompromising, all-embracing love.
“The amusement park, with its Chamber of Horrors and Hall of Mirrors, is an apt vehicle for Alegría’s vision of a post-industrialist world that has slipped its Hebraic-Christian moorings and gone berserk . . . excellently translated by Stephen Kessler.” —San Francisco Chronicle
FERNANDO ALEGRIA was the author of numerous literary works spanning the various genres of prose fiction, poetry and essays. He was also one of the country’s most highly regarded critics of Latin American literature. Before his death in 2005, Alegria held a chair in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University.