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On September 11, 1973, the Chilean president’s palace in Santiago was destroyed in a army coup.
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In his novel “The Sea That Disappeared”, the Chilean Carlos Franz offers with the implications of the army coup of September 11, 1973. And devotes himself to the traumatic matter of the “disappeared” with oppressive depth.

An September 11, 1973, Augusto Pinochet on the head of a army junta seized energy in Chile. Punctually on the fiftieth anniversary, Mitteldeutscher Verlag is publishing a translation of a 2005 novel by Chilean writer Carlos Franz. “The Vanished Sea” empathizes with the extremely advanced concern of guilt and the grey space between perpetrators and victims.

Shortly after the official finish of the army dictatorship, twenty years have handed because the coup, the protagonist of the novel, the Chilean lawyer Laura, returns to Pampa Hundida from her exile in Berlin. As a younger provincial choose, she skilled the primary section of the dictatorship within the fictional oasis city. The place is within the Atacama, the desert in northern Chile that offers the novel by Carlos Franz its title within the authentic Spanish. The desert, we study, was a sea – therefore the German title of the novel cleverly translated by Lutz Kliche.