This paper examines the exile experience of Other through the eyes of children in Antonio Skarmeta's No paso nada and Mario Benedetti's Primavera con una esquina rota. The children's connection to the past depends greatly on their elders, and includes their own, at times, mistranslated memories of the homeland. Their young age allows for a greater responsiveness to the host land than their parents in both cultural and linguistic terms. In voicing their own exilic experience, the children accentuate the struggle for justice, the pain of exile, but also the hope for a better future. When speaking of exile literature, especially Latin American exile literature, it is possible to define it also as a form of protest writing, a struggle for justice expressed through the literary word , of which one of its principal objectives is to expose sociopolticial abuses.

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Sort order. Short teenage adventures story with some hints to historical background. An easy read, could be good to motivate young reluctant readers. Short coming-of-age novella that also deals exile themes. Lucho, age 14, and his family are forced out of Chile after the military coup of They move to Germany and all experience degrees of difficulty living abroad involuntarily. Lucho, in particular, confronts the language, exile-status, girls, and other coming-of-age themes.

Quick read, and on a personal level, it was neat to read in Spanish about Germany where I lived for a year. For anyone who likes this, I'd recommend checking out B Short coming-of-age novella that also deals exile themes. For anyone who likes this, I'd recommend checking out Benjamin Lebert , a teenage German author with a similar narration style.

I mostly picked up this book to get me reading in Spanish again. That it's a story about exiles from both Chile and partly Greece, interests me on a personal level - so that was nice to read a bit about. I wouldn't say it's a bad book, but for being a short book, it did feel like a long read. It might just as well be because I read slow in Spanish though. And maybe I would've enjoyed it a bit more as a teen, although that's hard to say. It might be that I would've felt more sympathetic towards I mostly picked up this book to get me reading in Spanish again.

It might be that I would've felt more sympathetic towards the main character, who had all the right to feel the way he felt for trying to have a 'normal' childhood - but annoyed me while reading. The developing friendships were nice to read about though, and partly came as a surprise a bit unrealistic, but that was ok.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. 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. From to , the year he left Chile first to Buenos Aires and later to West Berlin , he taught literature at the University of Chile.

In , he was a member of the jury at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. He hosted a television program on literature and the arts, which regularly attracted over a million viewers. From to he served as the Chilean ambassador in Germany. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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“No pasó nada” por Antonio Skármeta


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