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There is a brilliant and touching preface by Francisco Goldman that I highly recommend The book itself however is dull Returning to Pinochet s Chile to produce a clandestine film about the horrors of the dictatorship the narrator Miguel Litt n is horrified to learn that Pinochet s Chile in 1985 was essentially calm if slightly bullied and prosperous modern country even during the State of SiegeHaving been in Spain during the Franco years I can attest that the presence of the Guardia Civile were was merely like an unnoticed backdrop no different that what one would find in a modern American city today except that they wore funny hats and carried those funny little machine gunsVioleta Parra on a rec from a friend is another version While Dostoyevsky eeps asking so many fundamental uestions through his novels I decide to take a breakA light read from Gabo In 1973 Salvador Allende s government collapsed under the weight of a military coup orchestrated by the US and Augusto Pinochet came to power Immediately on the heels of this coup any dissidence or perceived dissidence was violently repressed leaving thousands of people dead imprisoned or just gone without a trace and the repression went on over the period of Pinochet s reign Thousands went into exile to escape this regime and were forbidden to recross the Chilean borders In 1985 one of these exiles film director Miguel Litt n then living in Spain decided to return to Chile secretly to make a documentary about life there during the 12 years under Pinochet The plan was actually hatched earlier when he failed to find his name on any of the lists of exiles allowed to return published by the Chilean government He did however find it on a list of 5000 people not allowed to come back He notesI had lost the image of my country in a fog of nostalgia The Chile I remembered no longer existed and for a filmmaker there could be no surer way of rediscovering a lost country than by going back to it and filming it from the inside Leaving his wife who had also fled from Chile and children and with the help of members of the Chilean resistance Litt n carefully organized several crews to shoot in different areas and also set up a conduit for getting the ultimately than 100000 feet of film out of the country Clandestine in Chile is Litt n s story about his experiences and what he encountered while he was there Author Gabriel Garc a M ruez himself a friend of Allende interviewed Litt n about his experiences and according to Francisco Goldman who wrote the introduction to this work whittled down six hundred pages of transcript into this hundred page book Litt n procured false papers divested himself of his facial hair and lost weight in case people remembered him and with help from an activist who posed as his wife entered Chile in the guise of a businessman from Uruguay His total time in the country was about six weeks during which time he and his three separately assigned film crews assisted by Chilean crews who also belonged to the Popular Front the Italian crew would be ostensbly filming of a documentary on Chile s Italian immigrants with the Italian architect of the Moneda Palace as another of their subjects the French group would be doing an ecological film and finally the third crew with Dutch credentials would be studying recent earthuakes None of the crews new about any of the others offering a sort of hush hush aspect to this book and they would actually be focusing on the Chilean people who continued to live under Pinochet s dictatorship and how well or not the country had fared in the 12 years since the takeover Litt n and various members of his crews and activist friends had a few hair raising experiences that read here and there like a spy novel strange phone calls in the middle of the night being followed moving from hotel to hotel post curfew escapes etc and Maruez does a wonderful job putting down as much as he can in a true life reportage that resulted in this book Clandestine in Chile is very well written and absorbs the reader at the start As noted there are a "few semi heartstopping moments but some of Littin s experiences but at "semi heartstopping moments but some of Littin s experiences but at same time are poignant for example when he accidentally finds himself at the home of

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mother Littin observations in 1985 offer a brief glimpse into how the old regime had not been forgotten in Chile some 12 years later and the people who both from underground and publicly were doing what they could to fight back Frankly I was a bit moved at how difficult and uite frankly even strange the whole process must have been for Littin and how very odd he must have felt to be back in his native country to which he as of 1985 could never return My only criticism of the book is that parts of it seemed to have taken on a bit of literary license and were a bit fluffy especially during some of the conversations in which Littin was involved Yet on the whole the 1973 coup and the ensuing regime of Pinochet and his repression of dissenters are all topics of great personal interest and the book offers another part of the human story for those who are also interested in this topic I d also love to see the resulting documentary but as of yet have had no luck in even locating a copy Highly recommended The back cover of this nyrb classic so it s their words gives this set up the film director Miguel Litt n who fled his native Chile in 1973 when General Augusto Pinochet toppled the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende returns in 1985 disguised as a Uruguayan businessman to secretly film his country and thus tell the truth about Pin This is a short but fascinating true story of a film director from Chile exiled after the Pinochet coup who sneaks back into the country after 12 years in order to do a documentary about the state of the nation Despite its factual nature Garcia Maruez narrates the book in a dramatic first person style and it is a distillation of an 18 hour interview he did with the filmmakerOddly nowhere in the book is there mention of the name of the film that Littin produced from the 105 thousand feet of footage he and his 5 crews shot in Chile over the course of a month or so I looked it up on IMDB though and it s called Acta General de Chile it doesn t look like there s an english version unfortunately But it can be seen on Google Video here any rate the book is a great snapshot at what Pinochet s regime did to Chile after just 12 years and an empathetic look at the effect of exile on a creative and patriotic artist Boring Early in 1985 the Chilean film director Miguel Litt n whose name was on a blacklist of 5000 exiles forbidden to re enter their homeland spent six weeks working undercover with the help of personal disguise and deception He shot something like 100000 feet of film about the state of Chile after 12 turbulent. In 1973 the film director Miguel Littín fled Chile after a US 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

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Ecause she recognizes his voice he seems to think her thoroughness threatens his manhood But with the same rigorousness she was to display every moment of the days to follow she would not open the door until the password game was complete Goddammit I muttered to myself thinking not just of Elena but of Ely his real wife too They re all alike And I continued to reply to the interrogation in the manner I most detest in life that of the housebroken husbandBizarre right I mean if you didn t think so many passwords were necessary why agree to them in the first place It reflects very little on gender roles that one partner in a collaboration would expect to go through the full password exchange as rehearsed rather than abandoning the plan just because the other person says Stop screwing around and let me in Throughout the book Litt n displays this odd mix of petrification at relatively innocuous setbacks and a cavalier dismissal of the safeguards his collaborators think necessary Not that Litt n is entirely unsympathetic there were many scenes when I found him to be uite likeable But this behavioral discrepancy reinforces the impression that Litt n himself is unsure how seriously he takes his political work in Chile it often seems that although genuinely critical of the Pinochet regime his true motivation stems from a desire to explore his personal nostalgia than to criticize his political opponents from the inside Paragraphs about the film s political raison d tre sometimes collapse at ey points to give way to sentences like I had lost the image of my country in a fog of nostalgia and now for the first time I had to uestion whether this harvesting of my nostalgia was worth the trouble It is characteristic of the Litt n character as crafted by Garcia Maruez that he would refer to a political expos as a harvesting of nostalgia And indeed the authorship of the book Litt n as filtered or crafted by Garcia Maruez is one of the most interesting things about it After Litt n s real life trip to Chile he was interviewed by Garcia Maruez about his experiences Garcia Maruez then whittled the long interview down to a novella length piece of reportage claiming to use only Litt n s own words To me this brings up uite interesting uestions about what it means to author a work since what Garcia Maruez did would often be referred to as editing At the same time sampling cutting and rearranging preexisting interview footage into a cohesive narrative is an approach to nonfiction that mirrors some of the cut and paste methods of the Beat poets a cool application that would certainly not have occurred to me All in all a curiosity and one that I found compelling albeit for different reasons than I originally assumed Banned in Chile during Pinochet s dictatorship the first edition even burned following orders by the dictator an act made the horrific considering it happened barely thirty years ago this book the second non fiction work by Gabo sticks very closely to what it promises in its title It is a very simple narrative following the steps of Miguel Litt n the exiled Chilean filmmaker while he travels in hiding throughout the country trying to shot a documentary Gabo has an eye to identify great stories and this one is a very magnetic one from the premiseHere s the problem though Miguel Litt n is not a very interesting subject As a filmmaker he is a very minor one and as a character he limits himself to just being there The occasional flashbacks to his experience on the day of the coup d etat and the events after are obviously important for what it is a brave testimony but you get the f A most wonderful Maruezian adventureClandestine in Chile is Gabriel Garcia Maruez s 1986 telling of film maker Miguel Litt n s covert operation in Chile to record day to day life under Pinochet Maruez is best
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his fiction cannot be beaten it is important to remember that he was first and foremost a journalist To him journalism was another form of literature and he always stood by his conviction that the world is such a mess that only good journalists can save it Clandestine in Chile like Maruez s News of a Kidnapping are perhaps the finest examples of this message One of the greatest values of this book is that Maruez manages to record Litt n s account in first person without compromising either voice At times one can forget they are reading anything other than a personal report by Litt n himself yet Maruez s voice creeps in throughout adding his own richness and playfulness to what is a already an adventure of momentous proportion This is best demonstrated in the depiction of the individuals Litt n met along the way Perhaps the most memorable deserving a book to herself is Clemencia Isaura who gave up watching soap operas at seventy when she discovered that her true vocation was the armed struggle conspiracy and the headiness of audacious action p108 Just like rsula Iguar n in One Hundred Years of Solitude in this book Maruez saves his richest descriptions for the wonderful matriarch figure Her presence providing fundamental support to both the progress of the book and to Litt n s covert operationAs much as Clandestine in Chile is a documentation of Litt n s time undercover Maruez eually allows the story to take form in the filmmaker s complicated journey of losing his self The identity Litt n adopts that of a Uruguayan businessman is so different from his true character that throughout the book he feels like he is losing grip on who he truly is Recorded from personal interviews Maruez manages to capture the extent of this personal struggle with selfhoodLitt n s oscillating identity issues in many ways feed into the overall narrative of change in Pinochet s Chile His crisis embedded in the fact that he has adopted a new personality in a country from which he has been exiled The book is careful to allow the reader to see both sides of a dictatorship Some scenes capture the brutality of the Pinochet regime for instance the account of Sebasti n Acevedo who following the torture of his son and daughter by the state set himself on fire and became a human bonfire p48 Yet we also find accounts of development and infrastructure entwined within the atmosphere of fear and worry The success of this book is the symbiosis of two different crafts that of a writer and that of a filmmaker working together to undermine the existence of a regime Metaphorically speaking these two ventures worked together to stick the middle finger up at a dictatorship that thought it was achieving its goal of suppressing creative dissent The mere existence therefore of this book and Litt n s film are a triumph in themselves However the rich insight this collaboration provided into Chile under Pinochet is truly testimony to the fact that good journalists and filmmakers can save the worl. And his secret police with a very visible black eye Afterwards the great novelist Gabriel García Máruez 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 uneualed gifts that had already gained him a Nobel Prize García Máruez wrote it down Clandestine in Chile is a true life adventure story and a classic of modern reporta. Years of military dictatorship Entering under a false passport he successfully got away with being a Uruguayan businessman after altering his appearance and along with other European film crews set out the travel the length and breadth of the country even managing to film inside Augusto Pinochet s private office Garc a M ruez after interviewing Litt n and changing some details to protect real names writes an account of his time there M ruez ditches his trademark magic realism to write a book that was in Roberto Bola o territory and although it deals with a fascinating subject matter I am not entirely sure it was written by the correct writer Had Litt n himself paged a work of factual non fiction with greater depth this is barely over a hundred pages long it may have been far engrossing The result here is somewhere between a comedy spy thriller which didn t suit the material and an evocative slice of political reportage So all in all I found it a mixed bag It does go some ways to offer a tragic summary of Chilean politics and the poorer folk living through extreme fear but the comical edge ind of ruined it for me In the introduction to the NYRB edition of Gabriel Garcia M ruez s Clandestine in Chile Francesco Goldman makes the claim that the book is most rewarding when read not as the tale of adventure and political intrigue it seems at first glance but instead as a study of the times 1985 the place Chile and the specific person Miguel Litt n exiled middle aged film director who returns to his native country disguised as a Uruguayan businessman to film a documentary about life under the Pinochet dictatorship I tend to agree with Goldman s claim As a gripping tale of resistance fighters battling a frightening adversary and eually as an expos of the horrible living conditions resulting from the Pinochet regime the piece is undeniably lacking As Goldman writesEven Litt n briefly finds himself reflecting that he could easily live in this country He and the teams of filmmakers he deploys like a spymaster throughout the country never seem to be in any real danger There is some suspense over Litt n s being unmasked but one senses it would lead to nothing graver than his expulsion from the country the reign of terror in this locked up Chile seems to have subsided There is little in this book that might disturb the tranuility of those who argue that on balance the coup and the Pinochet dictatorship were worth enduring because of the relative prosperity and stability and the return to democratic rule that was its undeniable resultNothing that is unless you count Litt n s subjective disagreement with such an argument based on his memories and the stories he s heard about life in Chile since 1973 The filmmaker enters the country convinced of what he will find there awash with nostalgia and traumatized by the time twelve years before when he and his wife and children were forced to flee the country under real pain of death Almost from the opening pages though the Chile Litt n actually discovers is a severe anticlimax He expects to find Santiago devastated and depressing instead he is disappointed to find at least on the surface a radiant cityThe new Pudahuel airport however lies on an expressway with a modern lighting system and that was a bad start for someone like me who convinced of the evil of the dictatorship needed to see clear evidence of its failures in the streets in daily life and in people s behavior all of which could be filmed and shown to the world But now my disuiet gave way to frank disappointment Contrary to what we had heard in exile Santiago was a radiant city its venerable monuments spendidly illuminated its streets spotlessly clean and orderly If anything armed policemen were in evidence on the streets of Paris or New York than hereOf course the true test of a "city s uality of life is not measured by the illumination of its monuments or the cleanliness of "s uality of life is not measured by the illumination of its monuments or the cleanliness of streets and Clandestine in Chile does not make the argument that life in Chile under Pinochet was devoid of repression Neither however does it come up with first hand accounts that prove very condemnatory Litt n has a stable of second hand or twelve year old horror stories about repressions under the regime professors arrested in front of their children and later illed a father setting himself on fire so that his children be released from torture but the actual events that occur within the book prove at the most surreal and often merely routine Litt n and his crew for example are convinced it s a trap when they are granted permission to film inside Moneda Palace Pinochet s headuarters and they collaborate with their undercover contacts to make sure of several contingency plans before entering but the filming proceeds in an uneventful non threatening way Similarly reports of one of his crews getting arrested turn out to be false ticket inspectors on the airplane turn out not to be looking for him even the carabineros policemen of whom He Is So Obsessively is so obsessively in the beginning of his trip turn out much often helpful and sincere than sinister Indeed on the few occasions when Litt n does seem in real trouble he has invariably brought the problem on himself through his almost comical compulsion to test the boundaries of his own cover And in fact this ties in nicely with the uality that ironically I found to be Clandestine in Chile s saving grace Litt n s irresponsible and there is no other word for it dickish behavior is so odd and the rest of his character so contradictory that the reader can easily remain engaged throughout the book s 116 pages solely in trying to figure him out What to make for example of his decision to seek out and provoke two carabineros working on his film site during one of the first shoots in Santiago therefore making it likely that they would examine the very false documents about which he was endlessly anxious How to react to his claim that he accidentally ended up out after curfew with a crew member in the neighborhood of his childhood home and unknowingly directed the car to his mother s house thereby enabling himself to visit his mother and uncle despite previous strict warnings not to go near them for fear of blowing his cover There is the odd compulsion he feels to carry a huge number of packs of Gitanes cigarettes into the country and his paranoid inability to get rid of any of the used up packets One of his most asinine moments comes shortly after his entrance into Chile when he is beset by a sudden wave of nostalgia and jumps out of the taxi ignoring the imminent curfew abandoning his ostensible wife and generally calling both their cover into uestion when she gets angry at him upon his return and then the female head of the Italian film crew reuires him to go through all their pre arranged passwords rather than just letting him in E was desperate to see the homeland he’d been exiled from for so many years; he also meant to pull off a very risky 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. ,
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