Klandestin di Chile
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Klandestin di Chile

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Indonesian edition of "Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin", translated by Rizadini Haryanto
Paperback, 174 pages
Published 2002 by Akubaca (first published January 1st 1986)
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There is a brilliant and touching preface by Francisco Goldman that I highly recommend. The book itself, however, is dull. Returning to Pinochet's Chile to produce a clandestine film about the horrors of the dictatorship. the narrator, Miguel Littín, is horrified to learn that Pinochet's Chile (in 1985) was essentially calm (if slightly bullied) and prosperous modern country -- even during the State of Siege.

Having been in Spain during the Franco years, I can attest that the presence of the Guar...more
In the introduction to the NYRB edition of Gabriel Garcia Márquez's Clandestine in Chile, Francesco Goldman makes the claim that the book is most rewarding when read, not as the tale of adventure and political intrigue it seems at first glance, but instead as a study of the times (1985), the place (Chile), and the specific person: Miguel Littín, exiled middle-aged film-director who returns to his native country disguised as a Uruguayan businessman, to film a documentary about life under the Pino...more
Steev Hise
Nov 04, 2009 Steev Hise rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: filmmakers and Chile-ophiles.
This is a short but fascinating true story of a film director from Chile, exiled after the Pinochet coup, who sneaks back into the country after 12 years in order to do a documentary about the state of the nation. Despite its factual nature, Garcia Marquez narrates the book in a dramatic first person style and it is a distillation of an 18-hour interview he did with the filmmaker.

Oddly, nowhere in the book is there mention of the name of the film that Littin produced from the 105 thousand feet o...more
Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is an odd book for Marquez. It's a straight adventure story, and is a first person account of the adventures of Miguel Littin, an exiled Chilean film director. Littin was a supporter of Allende, and was almost killed as a sympathizer when Agusto Pinochet became dictator after a coup d'etat.

As someone else said, this book is "a scary, exhilarating and sometimes hilarious tale of bizarre coincidences, hairbreadth esc...more
Nancy Oakes
In 1973, Salvador Allende's government collapsed under the weight of a military coup orchestrated by the U.S. and Augusto Pinochet came to power. Immediately on the heels of this coup, any dissidence (or perceived dissidence) was violently repressed, leaving thousands of people dead, imprisoned or just gone without a trace, and the repression went on over the period of Pinochet's reign. Thousands more went into exile to escape this regime and were forbidden to recross the Chilean borders. In 198...more
Natacha Martins
Miguel Littín é um dos mais conceituados realizadores chilenos e que, por ser apoiante declarado de Salvador Allende, viveu exilado durante os anos da ditadura de Pinochet. Em 1985, após 12 anos no exílio, Miguel Littín, entrou clandestinamente no Chile, onde permaneceu seis semanas, durante as quais filmou o documentário "Acta General de Chile". Uma reportagem emocionada de um regresso à muito desejado e não satisfeito na totalidade por não poder ser ele próprio no seu país, continuando a senti...more
Saman Kashi
حکایت کتاب ( ماجرای اقامت پنهانی میگل لیتین در شیلی) از این قرار است که در آغاز سال هزار و نهصد و هشتاد و پنج-میگل لیتن- که نامش در فهرست پنج هزار تبعیدی شیلیایی است که ورودشان به کشور اکیداً ممنوع است، پنهانی وارد شیلی می‌شود و شش هفته در شیلی به سر می‌برد و در این مدت می‌تواند بیش از سی و دو هزار متر فیلم درباره‌ی واقعیت زندگی کشورشٰ دوازده سال پس از برقراری دیکتاتوری نظامی، تهیه کند. لیتین، پس از تغییر قیافه ، تغییر شیوه‌ی پوشش و گفتار، با در دست داشتن اوراق هویت جعلی و به کمک سازمان‌های دموک...more
I've always liked Garcia Marquez's reportage works....this is no exception, but I still prefer "Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor" over this one.
Jhirly Mercado
La sutileza con que Narra Marquez, te pierde. Muy bueno.
Não foi o primeiro livro que li deste autor, mas foi o primeiro deste género. Distando enormemente do tipo de livros que tenho lido ultimamente, foi refrescante percorrer este livro-documentário. O cunho literário que o autor conferiu a este relato da aventura clandestina do protagonista, dá-lhe uma fluidez e um encanto que poucos livros deste género atingem. Foi com enorme interesse e emoção que com o protagonista fui levada ao Chile que Littín encontrou na sua viagem e ao Chile de antigamente....more
I enjoyed this book primarily because I have lived in Chile for five years, including in the two cities most described in this book, so I could recognize placenames and imagine how they have and haven't changed based on Littín-via-Márquez's descriptions of the place. The book also contains lovely passages based on the author's change of identity, reunion with his mother, and comradery with his political companions. There's even some madcap humor considering some mishaps being "Clandestine in Chi...more
Rodrigo Oliveira
As pointed out in his own synopsis, this book is not a traditional novel but a historical reconstruction of the clandestine operation that Michael Litín carried out in his native Chile, to make a movie, during the dictatorship period of Augusto Pinochet.
For those, like me, unaware of the recent history of Chile, this book turns out to be an excellent documentary, which portrays the difficulties of the chilean people after the coup d'etat carried out by the military, lefting Augusto Pinochet in t...more
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, famous for his books, 'A Hundred Years of Solitude' and 'Love in the time of Cholera' puts on his journalistic hat again, and produced this summary of 18 hours of interview with Miguel Littín, a famous Chilean film director who had returned to Chile during Pinochet's regime of terror to film the condition of the country and the effects on the people. Miguel Littín had fled Chile after Pinochet toppled Allende in the coup and remained in exile, being on Pinochet's list of...more
Truth be told, I've never read Marquez before, not 100 Years of Solitude, not Love in the Time of Cholera, nothing. I've always wanted to, of course, because anyone who reads always has a pile of books and authors they will read one day, however, Marquez has always slipped out of my reach for some reason.

This book came to me by accident at the library when I was looking for something else; out slipped this thin little book from the shelf from between 2 large tomes on South American and Spanish...more
Felisberto Barros
Devo em 1º lugar dizer que Miguel Littín foi muito digno no trabalho que realizou. Foi importante não só para si a nível pessoal, mas essencialmente para os seus compatriotas e para o mundo ao desafiar e transparecer a violência de uma ditadura como a de Pinochet, muito agressiva e sangrenta.

Em 2º lugar, dizer que o Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez fez um bom trabalho ao trazer este acontecimento para a escrita.

Assumindo-se como uma reportagem denunciadora da situação social e política do Chile no perío...more
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
This was a quick and interesting read. Chile, overthrown by Pinochet and his military thugs backed by the US on September 11, 1973, has been of interest to me since the September 11 that happened in the US. I remember reading a book called "Other September 11ths" or something to that effect by Ariel Dorfman.

A friend recommended Marquez so I picked some up and this was one of the books. As I mention above, Chile has been of interest to me so I decided to read this book. It's about Miguel Littin,...more
Isabel Maia
Gabriel García Márquez pegou no relato real de Miguel Littín, um realizador chileno, e escreveu este livro em forma de reportagem. Littín é, como disse, um realizador chileno e um opositor ao regime de Augusto Pinochet, facto que o fez exilar-se e lhe valeu a proibição de entrada no país. Com o objectivo de filmar a realidade do Chile sob a alçada de Pinochet, Littín assume a personagem de um burguês uruguaio que tem como objectivo filmar um spot publicitário usando imagens do país. São montadas...more
This is the story of how a truly underground film was made. Twelve years into the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, Miguel Litten, whom the elected President, Salvador Allende, had appointed to head Chile Film, entered the country to make a documentary film. He might have been executed in 1973, but for a film buff who let him flee.

Had I not known who wrote this book, I'd never have guessed from the text. Garcia Marquez, writing from his 18 hours of interviews with Litten, successfully uses the f...more
Some of the impulsive risks that Littín takes seem almost as arbitrary and irrational as Pinochet's imposed curfew and los carabineros who demand to see a person's documents (including the clandestine filmmaker's false IDs and legitimate permits) only to give them a dismissive glance. Knowing the danger, why would he go to all the trouble to prepare as thoroughly and with as much innovation as he did only to deviate so frequently and so dramatically from the plan?

CLANDESTINE IN CHILE is not abou...more
An amazing account of what life was like in Chile during the mid-80s! In the copy of the book I had, I really wish it had a map. I loved reading the descriptions of places in Santiago (street corners and streets I have been on) and especially the chapter on Miguel's trip down to Concepcion. I'm rating this book highly, mostly because I lived in Chile and have seen the country post-Pinochet. It is hard to imagine the fear, paranoia, and general repression the people felt there, especially after s...more
A- Really interesting true story told in an easy-to-read format about a Chilean director who narrowly escaped being put to death, sneaking back into the country after 12 years. Sad, powerful, he makes a movie risking his life and others' to tell the truth about what was happening in Chile.
Febi Ari Pribadi
Ini buku pertama dari GGM yang saya baca. Ini cerita nyata seorang jurnalis Migule Littin yang menyusup masuk ke dalam negara Chili setelah 12 tahun diasingkan, dimana sang diktator Augusto Pinochet masih berkuasa, dan Miguel adalah salah satu orang dalam list yang dilarang masuk ke Chili. Dia masuk ke Chili menggunakan paspor palsu, dan semua samaran lainnya, termasuk istri palsu. Usahanya tidak sia-sia, ketika pemerintah diktator mulai mengendus keberadaanya untuk membuat dokumenter tentang ke...more
A brief account of director Miguel Littin's secret return from exile to Pinochet's Chile, as told by Garcia Marquez. There are some good stories here, but I'm pretty sure the real meat is to be found in Littin's 3+ hour documentary film Acta General de Chile, whose making this book tells the story of. This feels almost like an extended introduction meant to accompany the film, rather than a complete story in and of itself. Still, Garcia Marquez's prose keeps things interesting enough, and I enjo...more
A satisfying mix of personal and national history, political resistance, and heist film. In this case, the heist is the film, and the crack teams assembled for the job are film crews clandestintely assembled in Chile from all over the world (including the resistance movement in Chile). I don't think I've seen anything by the director, but I'd be interested to see the final film he produced. As a character he was well-rounded - noble, impulsive, and sometimes annoying. Since this book is based on...more
De los trabajos relatando la historia de otros (como "Historias de un naufrago")de García Márquez no es el mejor.
Las fórmulas de descripción no me recordaron del todo a las del Gabo, quizá por que el personaje y el contexto son indumentaria de la vida real y no de un realismo mágico a la García Márquez.
Es una lectura fácil y rápida, además de ser un libro pequeño. La manera en que Miguel Littín se expresaba de Chile tenía mucho parecido a la de Isabel Allende en "Mi país inventado".
Es la lectura...more
"It's not a roof over our heads or food that we're worrying about. Let them give us back our dignity," the poor say. "All we want is what they took from us: a say in our lives." (Chap. 6 of Clandestine in Chile).

We buy Chile grown grapes at the local market, with scant awareness that, disguised by rising prosperity, its citizenry was - and I assume still are - living under an oppressive dictatorship. Not surprising is that Marquez does an excellent job of presenting the voice of exiled film dir...more
This book is pretty incredible. Going in, I knew only the most basic details about Pinochet's coup, along with the portrait painted in Bolano's 'By Night in Chile', and now I know a lot more.

I really want to track down this documentary now. The Allende cult of personality stuff is not very interesting, but the madness of Littin's provocation would make for an amazing film. Littin's behavior is so bizarre throughout the whole thing, and he repeatedly puts himself and others in danger. Reads like...more
Not the traditional Marquez...wouldn't recommend it to someone as thier first. There is no magical realism, no fictional love story. This is a non-fiction biography, telling a fascinating tale of a heroic and dangerous act, done for well, the love of one's country. I take back my earlier statement. There is a love story here, but Marquez does a brilliant job of simply telling Littin's story clearly, letting his voice come through. Marquez's voice is relatively silent, but comes through, ever so...more
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Gabriel José de la Concordia Garcí­a Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garcí­a Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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