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About the Author: Antonio Skármeta

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.

His 1985 novel and film[1] 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.[2]

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.

In 2011 his novel Los días del arco iris won the prestigious Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa, one of the richest literary prizes in the world worth $200,000


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, Published in Apr 2003 by De Bolsillo (Random House Mondadori)

ISBN10: 8497595424 | ISBN13: 9788497595421

Page count: 303

En esta novela, Antonio Skármeta imbrica la peripecia personal de la protagonista en la agitada historia del Chile anterior a Augusto Pinochet. Deslumbrada por el cine y la música norteamericana, Alia Emar crece en Santiago y será testigo y partícipe de los principales acontecimientos que desembocaron en el triunfo electoral de Salvador Allende.
La chica del trombón es una magnífica novela en la que las vicisitudes sociales y políticas de aquel país se filtran a través del prism de una inolvidable historia de amor.

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