Pedro Lemebel – My tender Matador



Love and rebellion

Santiago, Chile, Spring 1986. During Pinochet’s dictatorship, under the apparent calm of terror, Manuel Rodriguez’s Patriotic Front is seething. Here the Fairy of the corner, a passionate transvestite and singing lover, falls madly in love with Carlos, a young revolutionary in search of a safe haven for his clandestine meetings. In line with the author’s passion, My tender Matador recalls a small play. The language is baroque, sometimes slimy although poetic; but, just like a never-seen-before dance that at first is hard to follow, once you pick up the pace it almost feels like a fairytale. Lemebel mixes love with rebellion, the feather boa with the rubble of Santiago, and gives us a wonderful book, where you will experience freedom and tenderness all along.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)