Burning Patience

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Graywolf Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Fiction - 118 pages
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Burning patience

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Skameta, author of The Insurrection ( LJ 6/1/83) and other works, belongs to the increasingly important club of Chilean exile writers. This whimsical, seemingly autobiographical novelette set in ... Read full review


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About the author (1994)

Skarmeta is another of the Chileans profoundly affected by his country's political travail; since 1975, he has lived in Berlin. The Insurrection is a novel of the Nicaraguan Revolution just before Somoza's fall; it captures the intensity and extremes of a moment that transforms a whole society. The novel has been translated into seven languages and was made into an award-winning film in Europe. Chileno! was written for adolescents, drawing on Skarmeta's own experience of exile.

Katherine Silver has won a PEN Translation Fund Award, an NEA grant, and a Black Mountain Institute/Rainmakers Grant.

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