Luis Sepúlveda is the kind of guy that you want to become friend for spending nights drinking wine and hearing good stories.
A polyhedric character who I had the opportunity to meet in Milan during the presentation of his last book. Luis brings with him the allure of someone who has lived so many lives.
The meeting was a unique opportunity to learn about his young years in Chile, the early experiences which determined his writing, Allende, Pinochet, the imprisonment and the years in exile. In addition, he expressed an enlightened point of view about the so called latin american literature and even an amazing story next to Cortazar in a public toilet in Paris.
But above all, his speech was a gospel of friendship.
Friendship is the main thread of "El gato y el ratón que se volvió su amigo", the long waited came back from Sepúlveda to the kid's universe. And in the 16 years from the amazing success of ¨La gaviota...¨ the book has been often proposed in the italian schools, it became an animated film and you hardly find someone from teen to their 20's in Italy who did not read it.
I have just finished an article about his visit in Milan which is linked to this portrait session.
He inspires writing indeed.