By Vicente Perez Rosales
Occasions passed by is a set of short memoirs by way of Vincente P?rez Rosales during which he documents his diverse adventures in his local Chile, Argentina, France, Germany, and the Californian Gold Rush. half social and cultural historical past and half statement, this version is edited with an creation and chronology of Rosales' existence by means of Professor Brian Loveman and translated by way of John H.R. Polt.
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Extra info for Times Gone By: Memoirs of a Man of Action (Library of Latin America)
10 side the arches of this gloomy building, two or three bloody corpses laid there by the police so that their relatives might identify them. From the doorway of the jail led a street that joined what we now call the Calle del Estado and that displayed a line of crude wooden huts and dilapidated stalls, called bargain shops, instead of the clean and attractive little stores that now crowd around the columns of the Fernández Concha Gate. Behind those repulsive establishments lay an expanse of baskets filled with not very fragrant slipperlike shoes and waiting for Saturday to come around, when for four reales they would once more provide footwear to the sons of the first families of the metropolis, for it seemed to be the norm that these shoes should not last the young gentlemen more than a week.
And if anyone in your town opposes government authority, don’t bother finding out the reason for the government’s action, just say that the [opposition] was defending civil liberties and rights brutally violated by the soldier . . ”4 By the 1870s Pérez Rosales clearly had no use for feigned idealism and righteousness, but he never lost his own idealism regarding human volition and the prospect for a better future, if not for himself with the infirmities of old age, certainly for Chile and humanity.
But not everything was fun and games in that Santiago of the olden days and of San Bruno, because in it one’s personal security was hardly worthy of the name. Rumor, there being no newspapers, was constantly reporting some robbery or murder committed in one of the known haunts of crime, such as Pasos de Huechuraba, San Ignacio, Portezuelo de Colina, La Dormida, Cuesta de Prado, Cuesta de Zapata, Llanos de Peñuelas, and other places whose names I omit because, unlike these, they were not in very frequent contact with the capital.
Times Gone By: Memoirs of a Man of Action (Library of Latin America) by Vicente Perez Rosales