Nona Fernández

Katharine Trostel (Ursuline College)
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Nona Fernández, Chilean author, actor and screenwriter born in 1971, was only two years old at the time of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet, and in her late teens when the country returned to democracy by plebiscite in 1988. In her writing, Fernández represents a generational experience—one that is marked by the powerful traumatic memories that she inherits and the difficult task of piecing together and making narrative from disjointed and hazily remembered fragments of the past. Critics often describe her and her contemporaries as belonging to a “loose cohort of Chilean writers” (Lozada 2021) joined by their experience of growing up under the Pinochet dictatorship and in its immediate aftermath. This generational experience is characterized by trauma, which is…

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Citation: Trostel, Katharine. "Nona Fernández". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2024 [, accessed 04 March 2024.]

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