Segments in this Video

Reconnecting with Spanish Culture (02:29)


Luis Sepúlveda describes his lifelong love of the ocean and explains how he settled in Gijón. (Credits)

Writing Process (01:33)

Sepúlveda shows us his home office. He draws inspiration from the kitchen and goes on frequent walks for mental clarity.

Francisco Coloane (04:21)

Sepúlveda visits the Patagonian writer's birthplace in the Chiloé Archipelago and describes how he began writing—inspired by his mentor's novels.

Ambivalence towards Chile (02:15)

Carmen Yañez reads a poem about her country's flaws and Sepúlveda describes feeling unwelcome during a recent visit.

Revisiting Santiago de Chile (02:21)

Sepúlveda discusses his relationship to his home city and laments the loss of architectural heritage for modernization.

Childhood in Santiago (01:59)

Sepúlveda's grandfather read "Don Quixote" to him, inspiring a love of literature. He visits his Free Mason elementary school and the communist youth center where he began political activities.

Political Activity in Santiago (01:33)

Sepúlveda recalls joining the Socialist Party and being arrested and beaten during a protest in 1968.

Protecting Allende (06:02)

Sepúlveda was a member of the Chilean president's voluntary personal guard. He reunites with friends who survived the dictatorship; they recall the leader's humor and charisma.

Allende's Fall from Power (04:37)

Sepúlveda recalls the events of September 11, 1973, including the president's final speech and Pinochet's terrorist tactics. He compares the regime change to the end of youth.

Justice under Pinochet (02:11)

Sepúlveda observes a military presentation in Santiago and recalls how claims of disappeared citizens were ignored by the courts.

"The Shadow of What We Were" (02:49)

Sepúlveda reads his poem "The Shadow of What We Were" about Chilean political prisoners and discusses his role as a writer at a Santiago book signing.

Sacrifice for a Noble Cause (03:13)

Sepúlveda's childhood friend Sergio Lleiva was assassinated by the Chilean military in 1973. He describes how humor helped his companions survive torture under Pinochet.

Indigenous Inspiration (02:18)

Sepúlveda describes his exile among the Shuar Indians in Ecuador to a Spanish high school class.

"The Old Man Who Reads Love Stories" (01:47)

Sepúlveda describes writing his novel in Europe in 1987—exiled from Chile and the Revolution. Hear an excerpt from "The Old Man Who Reads Love Stories."

Literary Inspiration (01:18)

Sepúlveda began writing in the style of his favorite authors while in exile. He quotes Basque poet Bernardo Atxaga's version of the proverb "No one is a prophet in their own land."

"The Name of a Bullfighter" (02:21)

Sepúlveda describes his experience living in Hamburg and reads an excerpt from "The Name of a Bullfighter."

Sepúlveda's Marriage (05:00)

The Chilean writer recalls how he met his wife Carmen. She describes their separation after Pinochet's coup; after years apart, they reunited and were "remarried" by their son.

"The World at the End of the World" (01:58)

Sepúlveda reads an excerpt from "The World at the End of the World" and visits the Chiloé Archipelago—a place he considers his true home.

Credits: Luis Sepulveda: The Writer from the End of the World (01:08)

Credits: Luis Sepulveda: The Writer from the End of the World

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This portrait of Luis Sepúlveda plunges us into Latin America, against a background of male friendships and travels from the Amazon to Patagonia, and from Northern Europe to Andalusia. Gaining international fame with his first novel, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, Sepúlveda's oeuvre is marked by political and ecological commitment as well as by the dictatorial repression of the 1970s, combined with a love of travel and interest in indigenous peoples. Imprisoned for two years under Pinochet, he wandered through South America before moving to Hamburg and eventually settling in Gijon, Northern Spain. In Spanish with English subtitles. (51 minutes)

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL55001

ISBN: 978-0-81609-610-7

Copyright date: ©2011

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