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I Dreamt the Snow Was Burning

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Dramatizes the final days of the Allende government in Chile, before a military coup ended democracy and began a period of violence and torture
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1985 by Readers International (first published 1975)
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Nicoleta
Dec 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Filmul No. despre referendumul din Chile pentru indepartarea lui Pinochet. O campanie bine tintita facuta de un tip care facea reclame
Thomas
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Just like its wonderful title, Skarmeta's novel is a very poetic, dreamy affair. Experimental, varied in style, syntax and tone, I Dreamt the Snow Was Burning is a challenging piece of South American political satire documenting the fall of Allende in Santiago and the military coup. The plot mostly follows a group of volatile activists and political thinkers lodging at a boarding house as they welcome a young country boy intent on making his name as a footballer to the house. Arturo is the epita ...more
Howard
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This novel was published in 1975 and depicts imagined ordinary leftish people prior to the events of the military coup on 1973. The main characters being virgin football hopeful Arturo, and chancer Senor Pequeno aka Lecaros. Several friends (‘Negro’, ‘Fats’ and Sepulveda) meet a sorry end. The style is a typical Latin American jumble of opaque scenes linked by inferred unseen events – it rapidly becomes an ‘enjoy the language forget the plot’ type book. I’m sure perhaps that closer to the events ...more
Steven Kay
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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When this book was recommended to me I was really looking forward to it. A South American football novel (I’d found one!) set in the last days of Salvador Allende before the fascist coup brought down his democratic socialist government. A book written by a Chilean and published shortly after the coup; a coup with a grim football connection: Pinochet’s thugs rounded people up in their thousands and took them to the national football stadium where they were tortured, killed, taken away and disappe ...more
Venessa
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A story of a Chilean footballer going off on his own for the first time, obsessed with losing his virginity, and lacking the social graces to do so, set in a tense time before the Revolution. Surrealistic with lots of heavy experimental writing with streams of consciousness drifting in one long paragraph among characters and other surrealistic styles.
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Antonio Skármeta (born Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic) is a Chilean writer, born November 7, 1940 in Antofagasta, Chile. He was born to Croatian immigrants from the Adriatic island of Brač, region of Dalmatia.

His 1985 novel and film[1] Ardiente paciencia ("Ardent Patience") inspired the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie, Il Postino (The Postman). Subsequent editions of the book bore the title El
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