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Il postino di Neruda (1985)

by Antonio Skármeta

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The unforgettable inspiration for the Academy Award-winning Il Postino, this classic novel established Antonio Skármeta's reputation as "one of the most representative authors of the post-boom generation in contemporary Latin American letters" (Christian Science Monitor). Boisterously funny and passionate, The Postman tells of young love ignited by the poetry of Pablo Neruda. Set in the colorful, ebullient years preceding the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, the book has been translated into nearly twenty-five languages around the world.… (more)

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gift from Robert McBride while we were cleaning his house ( )
  Overgaard | May 18, 2020 |
Una obra maesra del autor
  Mariantonia | Feb 25, 2019 |
A delightfully different book, imagining a friendship between a postal worker and poet Pablo Neruda (though this description is misleadingly simple). Here's a bit of a conversation between two characters:

Rosa: "What were you talking about?"
Beatriz: "Politics."
R: "Oh no, so he's a communist too?!"
B: "Mother, Neruda is going to be the next president of Chile."
R: "My dear, if you start confusing poetry with politics, you'll end up a single mother. What did he say to you?"
Beatriz had the word on the tip of her tongue, where she held it for a few seconds to savor its connotations.
B: "Metaphors." ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Jul 3, 2016 |
There are moments that are funny and others that are sexy, but I really needed to know Chilean history or have studied Latin American literature to fully appreciate this. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Beautifully written, whimsical, and sweet. A love song to Pablo Neruda in particular and art and poetry, in general. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
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Antonio Skármetaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Donati, AndreaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zeiler, TessaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Matilde Urrutia, Neruda's inspiration,
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As a result of two trivial yet fortunate circumstances, Mario Jimenez launched himself on a new career in the month of June 1969.
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