At a glance:
- Author: José Donoso
- First Published: 1957
- Type of Plot: Social realism/expressionism
- Time of Work: The 1950’s
- Setting: Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso, Chile
- Characters: Andrés Abalos, Misiá Elisa Grey de Abalos, Estela, Mario, Lourdes, Rosario
- Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Expressionist literature, Novel
- Subjects: 1950's, Class conflict, Mental illness, Upper classes, Servants, South America or South Americans
- Locales: South America, Santiago, Chile, Valparaiso, Chile, Chile
Most of the action of the novel takes place in the Abalos mansion, occupied by Misiá Elisa Grey de Abalos and her three women servants, and in the working-class neighborhoods where Mario, who loves the young servant Estela, struggles to maintain his human dignity. The Abalos house represents the enclosed space of repressed characters; the outside constitutes that space where they would find liberation. Coronation consists of three parts; the first, “The Gift,” introduces the characters who gather in the upper-class house to celebrate a birthday party. The...
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