The Movie Teller


by Letelier, Hernan | Fiction & related items
Published 02/11/2023 by Quercus Publishing (MacLehose Press) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 144 pages

ISBN: 9781780870533 Category:


Maria Margarita, a young woman who lives in a mining town in the heart of the Chilean Atacama desert in the 1960s, has had the gift of telling movies since she was a child.

When a film starring Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper or Charlton Heston, or a Mexican feature packed with songs, arrives in the local village cinema, the exact change for a ticket is collected at Maria’s house and she is sent to watch it. When Maria returns from the cinema, she tells the movie to her father, confined to a wheelchair, and to her four siblings, and soon she is telling the movie to a large and impatient public. Through this tender story, Hernan Rivera Letelier gives us the magical tale of village cinemas in their times of splendor – and of decadence.

Translated from Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa

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Weight 0.108 kg