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Antonio Skármeta : biography

1940 -

Antonio Skármeta (born Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic) is a Chilean writer, born November 7, 1940 in Antofagasta, Chile. He was born to Croatian immigrants from the Adriatic island of Brač, region of Dalmatia.


  • El entusiasmo, 1967.
  • Desnudo en el tejado, 1969.
  • Tiro libre, 1973.
  • Soñé que la nieve ardía, 1975.
  • Novios solitarios, 1975.
  • No paso nada, 1980.
  • La insurrección, 1982.
  • Ardiente paciencia, 1985.
  • El cartero de Neruda, 1985.
  • Matchball, 1989.
  • La composición, 1998.
  • La boda del poeta, 1999.
  • La chica del trombón, 2001.
  • El baile de la victoria, 2003.
  • Los días del arco iris, 2010.

Biography and career

His 1985 novel and film Ardiente paciencia ("Ardent Patience") inspired the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie, Il Postino (The Postman). Subsequent editions of the book bore the title El cartero de Neruda (Neruda's Postman). His fiction has since received dozens of awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages worldwide.

Skármeta studied philosophy and literature both in Chile and at Columbia University in New York. From 1967 to 1973, the year he left Chile (first to Buenos Aires and later to West Berlin), he taught literature at the University of Chile.

In 1987, he was a member of the jury at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.

In 1989, after the end of Pinochet’s military dictatorship, the writer returned to Chile in order "to create political space for freedom". He hosted a television program on literature and the arts, which regularly attracted over a million viewers.

From 2000 to 2003 he served as the Chilean ambassador in Germany.

He teaches classes at Colorado College both in Santiago, and Colorado Springs.

Los días del arco iris

His unpublished play El Plebiscito was the basis of Pablo Larraín's successful drama film " No".

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