Hell Has No Limits

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Hell Has No Limits
Hell has no limits donoso 1st ed.jpg
First edition (Spanish)
Author José Donoso
Original title El lugar sin límites
Translator Suzanne Jill Levine
Country Chile
Language Spanish
Publisher Sun & Moon Press
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 142
ISBN 1-55713-275-5

Hell Has No Limits (Spanish: El lugar sin límites, "The Place Without Limits") is a 1966 novel written by Chilean José Donoso. The novel is set south of the Chilean capital, Santiago, in a small town near the regional center of Talca. It tells the story of a bordello, and details the prostitutes' way of life. The main character is Manuela, the transvestite who owns the bordello. A number of other memorable characters are introduced. The novel was well received, and Donoso himself considered it his best work: "the most perfect, with fewest errors, the most complete".[1]

Film adaptation[edit]

In 1978, the book was made into a film of the same name.

Editions available[edit]

  • Donoso, José (1995), Hell Has No Limits, Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, OCLC 33207281 . Trans. Suzanne Jill Devine.


  1. ^ Cited in Selena Millares' "Introducción" to the Cátedra edition of the novel, p. 56, n. 70.