Re: The House of the Spirits; Revenge
Hi Heledd, I am reading your posts, and others are too. Pleased do keep going, and I will try to keep up. Your thoughts are much appreciated.
Pedro Tercero Garcia stands for Victor Jara, the great Chilean revolutionary songwriter who the Pinochet regime imprisoned and killed, but not before they had smashed his hands and asked him to play guitar, rather like the Roman soldiers inviting Jesus Christ to come down from the cross. The three fingers that Esteban axes from Pedro's hand are symbols of Victor Jara's hands.
The stadium where Pinochet killed thousands of communists and fellow travellers is now named after Victor Jara.
I want to write more about my sympathy for Esteban. I agree with you that he inflicts his loneliness on himself. Did you notice the comment that he offers a massive reward for capture of Pedro Tercero, and his slimy bastard grandson who betrays Pedro tells Esteban that everyone knew where Pedro was except Esteban. This mass solidarity against the fury of oppression is a big theme in Latin American politics.
We used to sing a song that is connected to Victor Jara - El pueblo unido jamás será vencido when I was at university. You can hear it at http://soundcloud.com/homosapiens/victo ... eblo-unido
It still makes my spine tingle. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_pueblo_ ... A1_vencido
for history and translation.