Kamchatka is a Argentine-Spanish historical drama film directed by Marcelo Piñeyro and written by Piñeyro and Marcelo Figueras. It stars Ricardo Darín. “When the coup d’état came, in , a few days before the school term started,” writes the narrator of the Argentine Marcelo Figueras’s Kamchatka (just. Born in in Buenos Aires, Marcelo Figueras is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Kamchatka is his first novel to be translated into English.

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So reden Kindern nun mal. His parents both lost their jobs. Published September 1st by Punto de Lectura first published You know the way.

In each of these parts he reflects on some big philosophical questions, on questions that cover the subjects that the book is divided into, biology, geography, language, astronomy and history. The boy Harry is losing his innocence, far before he should have to. It was fun to go through the memories of kamchatkaa young boy, even if I didn’t agree with his politics. He’s a smart kid, more into Superman figusras Batman, frustrated at being uprooted as the family moves from one safe house to the next.

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Kamchatka – Marcelo Figueras

He calls himself ‘Harry’ now, after his new hero, the famous escape artist, Harry Houdini, hoping that one day he, too, will be a successful escape artist. Read it with our book marfelo and everyone loved it including our token english teacher. They pull him and his younger brother, referred to as Midget, out of school in the middle of the day, whisking them off to a house in the country with only the items they have with them. The father’s law partner has already been arrested, and the mother has been fired from her job as a professor.

The overall effect is that of a happy childhood occasionally marred by darker overtones. His favourite game is Risk. It is set in Kamchatkw inthe year of the military coup and the start of the ‘dirty war’ in which thousands of politically progressive people were rounded up and ‘disappeared’.

Marcelo Figueras Breaks Down His Book ‘Kamchatka’

But as the story ends that grace note carries a far different meaning and sounds to be from a far-different voice from the ten-years olds’ first telling – – -even though the words are almost the same. The boy renames himself Harry in accordance with his sudden obsession with escape artistry. I was so wrong. Troppo laterale, secondo la mia opinione, il punto di vista sulle vicende politiche argentine dell’epoca: This is one of the best novels I have read in a long time.


Figueras has written a loving and human story. What a pleasure to enter the world of a young Argentinian boy growing up in the turbulent s through this common link. Kamchatka is a moving read that brought self reflection and learning in unexpected ways. I received this book years ago 4 stars, maybe close to 4,5 even 5 for me is for the kamfhatka really kamchatla, legendary books that made a lasting impression to me.

But what does it take for an individual to stop surviving and start living? Fiueras, wistful and wise, Kamchatka is a moving vigueras on science and history as well as a tale of courage and unbreakable family bonds; it’s a story of a boy who longs to be an escape artist like his hero Houdini and who plays so that he will not perish.

Set in s Argentina, and told from the point of view of a 10 year old, after his parents take the family into hiding. Figuers story’s first and last chapters tell the same story; an encounter between father and son involving the word “Kamchatka” serves in a manner reminiscent of Orson Welles’ Rosebud as both the opening note and grace-note of the tale. A story about a military coup in Argentina may not sound like enjoyable reading, but in Kamchatka it’s told from the point of view of a 10 year old boy, whose focus is not on the coup itself, but figuetas how the coup effects his family and the relationships within the family.

This is a fascinating book which should be in every library, but may not be. What was previously a space on the Risk board, becomes a secret message of hope and courage from his missing father and a destiny shaping dream. Harry is a big fan of Risk, a board-game that pits armies against each other in an attempt to achieve world domination; one of the regions on the world-map board — the most distant from Argentina — is that of Kamchatka, at the eastern edge of Siberia, and it is this place, both symbolic and real, that Harry retreats to.


I underlined and marked page after page. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Ma ad Harry, adulto, “piace pensare che questa sia una storia di aparecidos” They’re afraid of being abandoned they’re afraid of not being loved. But in maintaining the child’s mamchatka Figueras also keeps the horrors largely at bay, the reader — like Harry — made to feel almost too safe in a world that was very ugly.

Thousands of people disappeared and most all of them were murdered. In his imagination the fictional and the real Kamchatka merge oamchatka one, a kamchatk place where he will travel to when the time comes Il dramma del colpo di stato in Argentina nel e dei desaparecidos visto attraverso gli occhi sgranati di un ragazzino di 10 anni, con la passione per Superman, il Risiko e Houdini.

Harry’s parents – his mother a professor and his father a lawyerare forced into hiding as a result of their political activities – which fiueras the face of it seem to be very low level.

Conta il come ci si arriva. Kamchatkawhich has been translated from its original Spanish by Frank Wynne, is a coming of age story which was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. View all 10 comments.

Both serve to show how stressful and precarious their situation is. At times it’s both funny and chilling, but in a certain respect its beauty and cleverness is also its slight failing: One of these items ships sooner than the other. Fun, lovely, horrific and fascinating book.

Among all the things he misses, his favourite board game ‘Risk’ is the most important.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Start reading Kamchatka on your Kindle in under a minute. The car moved off along the undulating ribbon of road, a green bubble bobbing into view with every hill, getting smaller and smaller until I couldn’t see it any more. It seems to have slipped beneath the radar somewhat. The novel thrives to prove the toughness of children and the power of family. His film is a metaphor about the dimensions of freedom.