Clandestine In Chile, By Gabriel García Márquez

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In the aftermath of Chile's 1973 coup, which resulted in the deaths of its leader, Allende, and the start of Pinochet's bloody dictatorship, Márquez vowed he would not write fiction until Pinochet had fallen. He did in fact, publish in the interim, and this 1985 non-fictive account, (translated by Asa Zatz) of an exiled filmmaker's covert visit to Chile is seen as his act of revenge against the General.

Miguel Littín entered the country in disguise with three film crews to interview resistance leaders and ordinary citizens, in order to take the truth of Pinochet's terrorised nation to the world. The journalism which began Márquez's Nobel Prize-winning career is employed here not only to tell Littín's remarkable story, but offer a tragic summary of Chilean politics.