Caravana de recuerdos has a bilingual review of Gabriel García Márquez’s Clandestine in Chile. The book sounds interesting for the adventure of the story, but also to see García Márquez as not only a novelist, but a journalist. It is a very short review (half of it is right here) but it is a good an introduction to the book as any, and sometimes brevity is best.
How cool, how absolutely cool, to be able to close out my 2010 reading year with this little gem of a book. The year is 1985. After a long absence in exile abroad, Chilean film director Miguel Littín, “who figures among a list of 5,000 exiles absolutely forbidden to return to their country,” resolves to return to Chile in order to shoot a documentary about “the reality of his country after twelve years of military dictatorship” (7). Passing himself off as an Uruguayan businessman with false papers and an unconvincing Uruguayan accent, Littín spends six weeks undercover in Chile working with three European film crews to try and “pin the tale on the Pinochet donkey” (22). My, how I loved this work! Although it reads like a spy novel, the key moments in this first-person, non-fiction account poignantly underscore the Pinochet regime’s oppressive nature and the will of the Chilean people to live with dignity in spite of the political difficulties.
El Pais is reporting that newly released documents show that between 1967 and 1985, Garcia Marquez was spied on by the Mexican Secret Service. Of note is the interest that the Mexican’s had in Garcia Marquez’s relations with Mitterand and leftwing groups. Possibly more inflamatory is the claim that he was helping the movement of arms between Cuba and leftwing groups in Latin America.
Acording to the information obatined by the news paper [El Universal], the spies for the Mexican Government assured that the writer was “involved in the trafic of arms between Cuba to Columbia and was helping the communist struggle in Latin America.
Según las informaciones obtenidas por el periódico, los espías del gobierno mexicano aseguraban que el escritor estaba “involucrado en el tráfico de armas que salía de Cuba a Colombia y que apoyaba la lucha comunista en América Latina”.
I don’t know if this is a real surprize, but El Pais is reporting that Garcia Marquez is going to continue to write.
Noting is certain, but the only certianity is that I don’t do anything else except write.
“No sólo no es cierto, sino que lo único cierto es que no hago otra cosa que escribir”
And coutering those who think he hasn’t published much lately:
My job is not to publish, but to write. I will know when the cakes I am cooking are ready to eat.
“Mi oficio no es publicar, sino escribir. Yo sabré cuándo estén a punto de boca los pasteles que estoy horneando”