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Esteban Antonio Skármeta was born in 1940 in Antofagasta, Chile, to a family of Dalmatian origin. He studied Literature and Philosophy first in his own country first and then in New York. Following the coup d’état against Salvador Allende’s government in 1973, he had to leave Chile. He wrote about the tragic events in I dreamt the snow was burning, the first book he published in exile in 1975.
He moved to Argentina and then to Berlin, where he taught script writing at the Cinema and Television Academy. In 2000 he was appointed Chilean Ambassador to Germany. He has now returned to live in Chile.
Many of his books have been published in Italy, among them the universally famous The Postman, inspiring the film directed by Michael Radford and starring Massimo Troisi and Philippe Noiret.
Skármeta has received many awards all over the world, among them the Prix Médicis in France, the Goethe in Germany and the Grinzane Cavour, Elsa Morante and Boccaccio International awards in Italy.
He won the 2003 Planeta Prize with his latest book Victory Dance.
He is a Commander of the Arts and Literature and also received the Order of Merit as a Commander of the Italian Republic.
He is not only a well known author but also a director of documentaries and films, a script writer and an actor. He has also translated books by Mailer, Scott Fitzgerald and Melville.
Comments about him

"One of the most important Spanish language authors".
Le Monde

"With a Santiago smelling of hotdogs and petrol as a backdrop, this Chilean author has set a story of poetic realism filled with humour, solidarity and anger [...] It is precisely in this forgotten world that survives without catching the train of success and profit at all costs that Skármeta discovers, as he himself has said, ‘room for tenderness, humour, solidarity and friendship’".
Bruno Arpaia, Il Mattino
.27 May
.Riccardo Bini
.Nicola Stilo
.Fabio Zeppetella