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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The Secret in Their Eyes. Tales of Disappearance and Survival. About the Author Marcelo Figueras is a writer and a screenwriter. Product details Paperback Publisher: Atlantic; Main edition June 1, Language: Start reading Kamchatka on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 15 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I have been interested in Argentina for a long time but do not often find satisfying novels about this country, especially about the dirty war.

This novel informs the reader about Argentina’s tragic history without being violent or overly detailed. Kamchatka is the story of how history affects one family, told with humor, poetry and pathos.

A book like this might easily have veered into sentimentality or sermon, but the author handles it perfectly; leaving us haunted, moved, and having learned a great deal about the history and the wounds of the people of Argentina. I look forward to reading more from this writer!

I thought his perspective was refreshingly different.

Kamchatka – Marcelo Figueras

It was fun to go through the memories of a young boy, even if I didn’t agree with his politics. I also wish he had added more of an explanation at the end. The story just sort of stopped, it was kind of disappointing. One person found this helpful. This is a fascinating book which should kxmchatka in every library, but may not be.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Touching story that is deep and meaningful. Read it kamcgatka our book club and everyone loved it including our token english teacher.

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I expected to get a sense of what it was like during the uprising in Argentina, but the story didn’t bring that out. The characters weren’t sympathetic and the narrative superficial. The book itself was in good condition. Kamhcatka book caught my eye in a second hand store because it brought to mind the board game Risk I played as a child.

What a pleasure to enter the world of a young Argentinian boy growing up in the turbulent s through this common link. There was barely time to savour this simple association before being plunged into the political turmoil the family must survive and the secret world they must enter to escape the repressive crackdown following the military coup.

Shared secrets and pastimes are no longer the innocent activities of childhood, they are key to survival and as he retreats into a world of imaginary heroes to make sense of his frightening new life in a world turned upside down, the young hero places all hope in the powerful allure Kamchatka exercises over him. 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. Kamchatka is a moving read that brought self reflection and learning in unexpected ways.

It will stay with me for a long time. The past is neither dead nor past in Marcelo Figueras’ beautifully crafted Kamchatka. It is surrounded by the Bering Sea, the Arctic, and the Pacific oceans. It was a cold-forbidding place, one that served as the destination point for thousands of Soviet citizens sent to spend time in the Gulag. It is also one of geographic points of interest in the old military board game Risk. The idea of Kamchatka, as set out in the board game, as a place of exile, and ultimately as a place of refuge forms the emotional core of the book around which the story revolves.

Set in Argentina inKamchatka is the story of a young boy and his family. Argentina in was a dangerous place. The regime of Isabel Peron was ousted in a military coup followed by some extraordinarily repressive measures against suspected opponents of the junta. Thousands of people disappeared and most all of them were murdered. Kamchatka is the story of one family.

Kamchatka is told in the form of a memoir written by Harry as he is known to us. Harry was 10 when the story begins. The family all take new names, the boy chooses to become Harry in honor of his boyhood hero, Harry Houdini. The act of memory, of remembering, is critical to the story-line.


Early on Figueras writes that sometimes, “as I remember, my voice is that of the ten-year-old boy I was then; sometimes the voice of the seventy-year-old man I am yet to be; sometimes it is my voice, at the age I am now. Who I have been, who I am, who I will be are all in continual conversation, each influencing the other.

Although most of the story is written through the eyes of a ten-year-old, Figueras manages to insert the narrator’s other voices at certain points of the book and he manages to do it seamlessly. As I read the book I could hear the different voices but the transition seemed totally natural and unaffected to me.

The structure of the story reinforces the use of those differing voices. The 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.

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.

Aldous Huxley once said that “[e]very man’s memory is his private literature. This is a book that really deserves to find a wide audience. See all 15 reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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