Clandestine in Chile

Clandestine in Chile

The Adventures of Miguel Littín

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In 1973, the film director Miguel Littín fled Chile after a U.S.-supported military coup toppled the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende. The new dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, instituted a reign of terror and turned Chile into a laboratory to test the poisonous prescriptions of the American economist Milton Friedman. In 1985, Littín returned to Chile disguised as a Uruguayan businessman. He was desperate to see the homeland he&;d been exiled from for so many years; he also meant to pull off a very tricky stunt: with the help of three film crews from three different countries, each supposedly busy making a movie to promote tourism, he would secretly put together a film that would tell the truth about Pinochet&;s benighted Chile&;a film that would capture the world&;s attention while landing the general and his secret police with a very visible black eye.

Afterwards, the great novelist Gabriel García Márquez sat down with Littín to hear the story of his escapade, with all its scary, comic, and not-a-little surreal ups and downs. Then, applying the same unequaled gifts that had already gained him a Nobel Prize, García Márquez wrote it down. Clandestine in Chile is a true-life adventure story and a classic of modern reportage.

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Back in print after many years, this is a rare work of political reporting from the famed fiction writer. Marquez chronicles the experience of his friend, exiled filmmaker Miguel Litten, during Litten's undercover return to his home country to make a film documenting life under dictator Pinochet's reign. The gathered footage was eventually released as the documentary Acta General de Chile. Parts memoir, adventure story, travelogue, and political commentary this book is beautifully written and still relevant to current events today. Francisco Goldman provides a lengthy prologue to this edition. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2009, c1987
ISBN: 9781590173404
Branch Call Number: 983.0646 GAR
Characteristics: xxii, 116 p. :,ill., port. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Littín, Miguel
Zatz, Asa


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Sep 26, 2016

Well written, but the story didn't have the drama I expected. The story of the ship wrecked sailor was far more gripping.

Aug 01, 2012

This book tells the story of a filmmaker who returns secretly to Chile to film life under Pinochet. Short but interesting.

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