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Luis Sepúlveda speaks

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Interview. We spoke with the Chilean writer whose new book, “Rebel Stories,” is being presented in Italy.

written by Francesca De Sanctis

Topic Italy

Also filed under interview


September 12, 2017

“It was the headline of il manifesto, and the friendly newspaper dropped in my hand while I was walking down a road in Rapolano, near Siena.” These are the first words of the chapter in which Luis Sepúlveda remembers the disappearance of his friend “Manolo” — that is Manuel Vázquez Montalbán. But in those 300 pages of Storie Ribelli (Rebel Stories), which the Chilean writer will release on Sept. 17 at Pordenonelegge, there are also many other stories, characters, facts (even the kidnapping of Giuliana Sgrena and the murder of Nicola Calipari). There are, in short, the stories of a long, human, political and civil history. We spoke with the author about it.

You are a very beloved writer in Italy. And you often come to visit us. Have you ever thought about living here?

I’ve thought more than once about living in Italy. But one danger has restrained me: I would weigh more than 400 pounds after a year. There is nowhere in the world you can eat better than in Italy.

A couple of months ago, finally, you regained your Chilean citizenship. After 31 years, the government has decided to put an end to an injustice. The story of that event at the consulate opens your new book “Rebel Stories.” How does it feel to be a citizen of your own country again? Will you go back to live in Chile?

It is good when finally an injustice is resolved, but nothing else. I am not a patriot, I am an internationalist. Now as a Chilean citizen, I can vote and my opinion on social and political issues becomes a little more legitimate. Here, that’s all. There is no significant emotional or cultural change. I do not think I’m going to move back to Chile, I’d rather continue living Chile through my........

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