THE DEVIL'S PIT and other stories. Translated by Esther S.…

THE DEVIL'S PIT and other stories. Translated by Esther S. Dillon and Angel Flores

Washington, D.C: Pan American Union, General Secretariat, Organization of American States, 1959. Blue cloth. pp (xxxii), (153). Printed in Mexico in an edition of 2000 copies. Front free endpaper has oval rubber stamp of The Canadian National Commission for UNESCO and a received date of 27 May, 1960. Slight yellowing to page edges, else a VG+ clean and unworn copy. Thin dust jacket has long tears, chips, ring stain to rear cover, fair. "Baldomero Lillo ...was a Chilean Naturalist author, whose works had social protest as their main theme. Lillo's father traveled to California to participate in the 1848 Gold Rush, but returned with no fortune. He did learn much about mining, and he moved to southern Chile, Lota, to work the coal mines. Baldomero Lillo grew up in these mining communities and worked the mines himself. He was exposed to the writings of the French author Émile Zola, who used the philosophy of Positivism and the literary current of Naturalism to try to change the terrible conditions of French coal miners. Lillo was able to observe similar conditions in the Chilean mines and set out to improve the conditions of the workers by dramatizing their plight. Lillo wrote many short stories (collected in two major books, Sub Sole and Sub Terra) which sparked the interest of social activists who were appalled by the conditions in the mines...In 'The Devil's Tunnel' the miners are seemingly trapped by their destiny to live out their squalid and exploited lives, which are dominated by the need for raw materials and the machinery of the Europeans. At the story's end there is a strong contrast between the clean, pure and benevolent sky, and the underground monster that devours the humans who dare to penetrate its dark lair." - Wikipedia. Uncommon book, especially in this hardcover issue. With a long introduction by Fernando Alegria. ; Octavo

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