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The Twilight Zone

Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/07/2021

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Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2021

The Twilight Zone

A Novel

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696606820


An engrossing, incantatory novel about the legacy of historical crimes by the author of Space Invaders.

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It is 1984 in Chile, in the middle of the Pinochet dictatorship. A member of the secret police walks into the office of a dissident magazine and finds a reporter, who records his testimony. The narrator of Nona Fernández's mesmerizing and terrifying novel The Twilight Zone is a child when she first sees this man's face on the magazine’s cover with the words "I Tortured People." His complicity in the worst crimes of the regime and his commitment to speaking about them haunt the narrator into her adulthood and career as a writer and documentarian. Like a secret service agent from the future, through extraordinary feats of the imagination, Fernández follows the "man who tortured people" to places that archives can't reach, into the sinister twilight zone of history where morning routines, a game of chess, Yuri Gagarin, and the eponymous TV show of the novel's title coexist with the brutal yet commonplace machinations of the regime.

How do crimes vanish in plain sight? How does one resist a repressive regime? And who gets to shape the truths we live by and take for granted? The Twilight Zone pulls us into the dark portals of the past, reminding us that the work of the writer in the face of historical erasure is to imagine so deeply that these absences can be, for a time, spectacularly illuminated.


“Raquel Beattie masterfully engages listeners with her calm, clear voice as she performs this audiobook.” ---AudioFile

“This disturbing story of a repentant man makes for a gripping psychological game of cat and mouse.”―Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Gripping and rivetingly intense narrative involving Pinochet’s repressive rule in 1970s–80s Chile, Fernández uses flashbacks and imagination to weave together three interrelated, nonlinear threads through which flow present, past, and future.”―Library Journal Starred Review

“There is an incantatory quality to Nona Fernández’s The Twilight Zone, a feeling of walking, as though under a spell, and then accidentally tripping into the murky unknown."―The Paris Review

“Nona Fernández has developed a reputation for composing unsettling portraits of life during Chile’s brutal military dictatorship, with stories that venture beyond the stiff and incomplete histories recorded by truth and reconciliation commissions.”―Vulture

Author Bio

Nona Fernández is an actress, screenwriter, and the award-winning author of several novels, including Mapocho, Fuenzalida, Space Invaders, Voyager, and The Twilight Zone. She is a recipient of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and the Altazor Award, among other honors.