My Tender Matador

Tengo miedo torero

The novel revolves around a love story set in Santiago, Chile, in 1986, the year of an attempt on the life of Pinochet. A young man from the Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front, a participant in the action, develops a relationship with a homosexual, ostensibly in order to use his house to store weapons and hold meetings. Both the attempt on Pinochet's life and the relationship between the two men go unfulfilled. The no-vel and its cast of carnivalesque and devastatingly tragicomic characters, is provocative and unorthodox. It confirms the extraordinary and artistry of this daring and passionate author.

SERIESNarrativas hispánicas


  • France (Denoël and 10/18)
  • Germany (Suhrkamp)
  • USA (Grove Atlantic)
  • Italy (Marcos & Marcos)

Pedro Lemebel

Pedro Lemebel was born in Santiago, Chile in the 1950s. In 1987, he created "Yeguas del Apocalipsis", a multimedia project that included photography, video and performance and installation art. His literary output ranges from short stories to political manifestos, autobiography to social chronicles. In 1999, he received a Guggenheim grant to compile a collection of stories about the life of homosexuals in Chile. Several of his texts have appeared in the New York magazine, Grand Street.

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