The Funhouse


by Fernando Alegría

ISBN: 978-0-93477-052-1
Category: Fiction
Published: 30 Jun 1986
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 152


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About The Book

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
Stanford, CA