Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin (New York Review Books Classics)
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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.
by anonymous friends. Sebastian Acevedo, a coal miner, had set himself on fire on that spot two years before, after fruitless efforts to find somebody to intercede for him at the National Center for Information to^ sto^ thje^ torture of his twenty-two-year-old son and twenty-year-old daughter lTa'd~beeri arrested for illegal possession of arms. who Sebastian Acevedo did not plead, but he gave warning. The archbishop was away on a trip, so he spoke to officers 47 CLANDESTINE IN
doors of the house were locked from the inside, windows had been covered with white curtains, and the 62 the flag GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ that signaled Neruda's presence Amid so much was absent from the pole. sadness, the garden flourished at the hands of widow, Matilde, who had removed the furniture after the coup, as well as the books and the collections of everything human and divine that Neruda had gathered in his itinerant life. His houses in various parts of the world were
write messages of love on the fence that blocks the entrance. Most of them are variations on the same theme: Juan and Rosa love each other through Pablo. ing us love. We want to love as Thank you, Pablo, for much as teach- you loved. But there are others that the carabineros can't prevent or erase, such Love never dies. Allende and Neruda live. One minute of darkness will not make us blind. They are written in the most unexpected spots, and the entire fence gives the as Generals:
identity that I safety. In the beginning, meetings were held in cars cruising the city car without fixed destinations. Every four or five blocks the so complicated that was changed. This procedure became we sometimes incurred risks worse than those we were trying to avoid. One night, for example, I got out of a car on the corner of Providencia and Los Leones, where I was to be picked up five minutes later by a blue Renault 12 with a Animals on the arrived so punctually, so Renault
all my trying experiences in Chile. ''Take a Picture of the Country's Future'' Puerto Montt as planned. We were to film there not only for the indescribable beauty of the landscape, but because of the region's importance in The Dutch crew was waiting Chile's recent history. It gle. During Eduardo in had been an arena of constant strug- Frei's administration, the repression 93 CLANDESTINE there was CHILE IN so brutal that the last remaining progressive sectors of the government