Tierra del Fuego

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“Francisco Coloane is the Jack London of our times.” —Alvaro Mutis

These spellbinding stories of adventure and discovery are populated with explorers, fortune hunters, revolutionaries, seafarers, ship's captains, and smugglers. But the undeniable protagonist in all nine stories is nature itself. Southern Chile, the world's end, with its severe beauty—cold, treacherous, desolate—finds its ideal poet in Francisco Coloane. In his stories, this stern landscape rises like a ...

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Overview

“Francisco Coloane is the Jack London of our times.” —Alvaro Mutis

These spellbinding stories of adventure and discovery are populated with explorers, fortune hunters, revolutionaries, seafarers, ship's captains, and smugglers. But the undeniable protagonist in all nine stories is nature itself. Southern Chile, the world's end, with its severe beauty—cold, treacherous, desolate—finds its ideal poet in Francisco Coloane. In his stories, this stern landscape rises like a definitive symbol of the elementary and ceaseless drama of human conflict. Coloane is a master storyteller, deftly distilling the universal from the particular and the extreme. But no abstraction of this kind can do these tales justice. Their enduring beauty lies in the forceful, gripping narrative, and the elements that move it: men's crimes and passions, and the land's breathtaking glory and murderous wrath.

“Long arms, arms like rivers, are necessary to fully embrace Francisco Coloane. Or perhaps it's necessary to be a squall of wind, gusting over him beard and all. Otherwise, take a seat across the table from him and analyze the question, study him deeply; you will surely end by drinking a bottle of wine with Francisco and happily postponing the matter to some later date.”—Pablo Neruda

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Publishers Weekly

Lauded Chilean author Coloane (1910-2000) fills his stories with adventures in a bygone era of rough men and unforgiving landscapes. The title story examines baser human nature, following two hired soldiers and prospectors who quit their greedy employer and help each other survive long enough to betray each other as they discover their own source of gold. The protagonist of "The Empty Bottle," meanwhile, is tormented by the trauma of a murder he committed. In "Five Sailors and a Green Coffin" an old sailor is slowly consumed by guilt over his inability to carry out his best friend's dying wish. The mean-spirited ship's cook in "Passage to Puerto Edén" undergoes a sea change after adopting a pet lamb. Although the stories feel aged, Coloane flavors his straight-forward prose with surprising and vivid imagery and insightful depictions of lives lived hard. It's a quintessentially manly book: hard-edged, stoical and heavy with regret and yearning. (Dec.)

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Born in the extreme Antarctic region of Chile, Coloane is to the south polar regions what Jack London is to the northern ones. The cowboys, miners, sheep farmers, and farmers who populate these nine stories inhabit a savage, brutal environment where the slightest slipup, as some of the characters find out, is hazardous. The featured situations, largely based on Coloane's true-life experiences, realistically capture the setting's raw brutality. The lead story, "Tierra del Fuego," made into a movie in 2000, demonstrates what happens when greed gets in the way of an already roughly hewn mix. "Five Sailors and a Green Coffin" picks up on the theme of hidden gold with ironic results. "The Lighthouse Builder" is a fascinating character study about what happens to those who find that they do not belong in this environment. Originally published in 1956, these stories appear in print in English for the first time in a well-wrought translation, a fitting companion to Coloane's earlier collection, Cape Horn and Other Stories from the End of the World(Latin American Literary Review, 1991).
—Lawrence Olszewski

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933372631
  • Publisher: Europa
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Francisco Coloane was born in the southern Chilean island of Chiloé. His stories and novels, spanning almost sixty years, have been translated into over ten languages. He was awarded the National Prize for Literature in 1964 in Chile, and the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic. He was a great friend of Pablo Neruda and delivered an impromptu eulogy to the poet at an unofficial funeral held in the streets of Santiago on September 23, 1973 after General Pinochet had forbidden any public memorial in honor of the Nobel laureate. The movie Tierra del Fuego(2000, directed by Miguel Littin) is based on Coloane's short story by the same name. He died in Santiago in 2000.

About the Translator Howard Curtis's many translations include three novels by Georges Simenon, and Marc Dugain's The Officers' Ward. For Europa Editions he has translated five novels by Jean-Claude Izzo, including all three volumes in the Marseilles trilogy. His translation of Izzo's Solea has been selected among the top ten finalists for the 2008 French-American and the Florence Gould Translation Prize.

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    FireClan Map and Rules

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