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MANIFIESTOS Y UTOPÍAS, VIAJES Y VIDENCIA: UNA LECTURA MÍSTICA DE PEDRO PRADO

Patricio Lizama
Revista Chilena de Literatura
No. 82 (NOVIEMBRE 2012), pp. 159-177
Published by: Universidad de Chile
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41756621
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

En este trabajo estudiamos textos de Pedro Prado desde una perspectiva mística, la cual es entendida por el autor con un fundamento religioso y otro ético-social. Por ello, sus personajes se elevan hacia niveles últimos de realidad, pero no se apartan de la "tierra de hombres" y se convierten en videntes que anhelan la belleza y la justicia. En "La barca", los personajes realizan un viaje horizontal y otro vertical para enfrentar el misterio; en Alsino, el viaje vertical es también para acercarse a la divinidad y el horizontal para enjuiciar el mundo rural chileno. La mediación entre el arriba y el abajo se representa con una embarcación que navega y vuela y con un hombre que camina y vuela, ambas figuras entendidas como alegorías del artista. This paper provides an analysis of the writings by Pedro Prado from a mystical perspective, an approach that the author himself understands as having religious as well as socio-ethical foundations. This is why Prado's characters rise towards ultimate levels of reality, but they never lose touch with the "land of men" to the point of turning into seers who yearn for beauty and justice. In "La barca", the characters undertake a vertical as well as a horizontal journey in order to face the mystery. In Alsino, on the other hand, the vertical journey also serves to approach the divine, whereas the horizontal one is used to judge the Chilean rural world. The mediation between that which is above and what is below is represented by a ship that sails and flies, as well as by a man who walks and flies, both of which are to be seen as allegories of the artist.

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