A Distant Father

A Distant Father by Antonio Skármeta

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From the prize-winning Chilean novelist Antonio Skármeta, author of Il Postino, comes this soulful novella about a son and his estranged father.

Jacques is a schoolteacher in a small Chilean village, and a French translator for the local paper. He owes his passion for the French language to his Parisian father, Pierre, who, one year before, abruptly returned to France without a word of explanation. Jacques and his mother’s sense of abandonment is made more acute by their isolation in this small community where few read or think. While Jacques finds distraction in a crush on his student’s older sister, his preoccupation with his father’s disappearance continues to haunt him. But there is often more to a story than the torment it causes. This one is about forgiveness and second chances.

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Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranisis (Spanish: Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic; born November 7, 1940, Antofagasta) is a Chilean writer, screenwriter, teacher. Born into a Croatian family. He studied at the National Institute of Chile, then studied philosophy at the University of Chile. He defended his dissertation on Jose Ortega y Gasset, studied the philosophy of existentialism. In 1964 he received a Fulbright scholarship, studied at Columbia University, defended his dissertation on the novelism of Cortazar there. I started to write. Returning to Chile, he headed the theater, taught philosophy and literature at the National Institute and the University of Chile, and worked on television. He made his debut in 1967 with a book of short stories. Joined the left-wing United Popular Action Movement, which was part of the Popular Unity coalition. After the military coup in 1973, he emigrated, first to Argentina, then to the Federal Republic of Germany, where, among other things, he taught screenwriting at the German Academy of Film and Television in West Berlin. He returned to Chile in 1989.

He founded the branch of the Goethe Institute in Chile and the Heinrich Böll literary workshop. Since 1992 he has hosted a literary program on television. In 2000-2003 he served as Chile`s Ambassador to Germany. He taught at US universities. He actively works in cinema, based on his scripts, films were staged by Peter Lilienthal, Michael Radford, Fernando Trueba and other major directors. El entusiasmo, book of short stories (1967) Desnudo en el tejado, book of stories (1969) Tiro libre, book of stories (1974) Soñé que la nieve ardía, novel (1975) Novios y solitarios, short stories (1975) No pasó nada, novel ( 1980) La insurrección, novel (1982) Ardiente Paciencia, novel about Pablo Neruda (1985, screened by M.

Radford in 1994) Matchball, novel (1989) La Cenicienta en San Francisco y otros cuentos, selected short stories (1990) La composición, short story (1998) La boda del poeta, novel (1999) La chica del trombón, novel (2001) El baile de la victoria, novel (2003), Planet Prize Dieciocho kilates, drama (2010, staged in Naples) Un padre de película, novel (2010) Los días del arco iris, novel (2010) In Russian: Call. Per. M.

Chilikova. Cyclist from San Cristobal. Per. And Chigarova. Stories. // Saturday that doesn`t come. Moscow: Young Guard, 1987 I dreamed of blazing snow. Novel. Per. R.

Sashina. M.: Progress, 1978, 192 p. Insurrection. Novel. Per. Yuri Pavlova. // Latin America. Literary almanac. Issue 5.

M .: Hood. lit., 1987 From Wikipedia

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Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranisis (Spanish: Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic; born November 7, 1940, Antofagasta) is a Chilean writer, screenwriter, teacher. Born into a Croatian family. He studied at the National Institute of Chile, then studied philosophy at the University of Chile. He defended his dissertation on Jose Ortega y Gasset, studied the philosophy of existentialism. In 1964 he received a Fulbright scholarship, studied at Columbia University, defended his dissertation on the novelism of Cortazar there. I started to write. Returning to Chile, he headed the theater, taught philosophy and literature at the National Institute and the University of Chile, and worked on television. He made his debut in 1967 with a book of short stories. Joined the left-wing United Popular Action Movement, which was part of the Popular Unity coalition. After the military coup in 1973, he emigrated, first to Argentina, then to the Federal Republic of Germany, where, among other things, he taught screenwriting at the German Academy of Film and Television in West Berlin. He returned to Chile in 1989. He founded the branch of the Goethe Institute in Chile and the Heinrich Böll literary workshop. Since 1992 he has hosted a literary program on television. In 2000-2003 he served as Chile`s Ambassador to Germany. He taught at US universities. He actively works in cinema, based on his scripts, films were staged by Peter Lilienthal, Michael Radford, Fernando Trueba and other major directors. El entusiasmo, book of short stories (1967) Desnudo en el tejado, book of stories (1969) Tiro libre, book of stories (1974) Soñé que la nieve ardía, novel (1975) Novios y solitarios, short stories (1975) No pasó nada, novel ( 1980) La insurrección, novel (1982) Ardiente Paciencia, novel about Pablo Neruda (1985, screened by M. Radford in 1994) Matchball, novel (1989) La Cenicienta en San Francisco y otros cuentos, selected short stories (1990) La composición, short story (1998) La boda del poeta, novel (1999) La chica del trombón, novel (2001) El baile de la victoria, novel (2003), Planet Prize Dieciocho kilates, drama (2010, staged in Naples) Un padre de película, novel (2010) Los días del arco iris, novel (2010) In Russian: Call. Per. M. Chilikova. Cyclist from San Cristobal. Per. And Chigarova. Stories. // Saturday that doesn`t come. Moscow: Young Guard, 1987 I dreamed of blazing snow. Novel. Per. R. Sashina. M.: Progress, 1978, 192 p. Insurrection. Novel. Per. Yuri Pavlova. // Latin America. Literary almanac. Issue 5. M .: Hood. lit., 1987 From Wikipedia