le_redacteur | Thursday, der 8. April 2010
Benefit in Berlin for Chili’s Earthquake Victims
At 3:34 in the morning on February 27, 2010 a dramatic 8.8 magnitude earthquake shook many regions of Chili. Along with heavy damage to buildings and infrastructure in the capital city of Santiago and in other large metropolitan areas in the South, long stretches of coastline were destroyed by tidal waves. More than 700 peopled lost their lives to the quake. Damage has been estimated at 30 billion Eur. Rebuilding is expected to take many years. The Chilean Embassy, the Instituto Cervantes, and publishers Bloomsbury Berlin are inviting the public to a benefit evening in Berlin on April 19th for Chili’s earthquake victims. The proceeds will go to government aid and rebuilding programs. Best-selling Chilean author Roberto Ampuero will read from his new novel, “The Neruda Case”. Providing the evening’s musical accompaniment (tango) are Gregor Kliem and Normann Schadock from the Konservatorium Cottbus.
Roberto Ampuero was born in 1953 in Valparaiso. He studied literature in Cuba. In 1980 he emigrated to Germany, and has worked since 1983 as a foreign correspondent. Today he lives in the United States. Ampuero is one Chili’s most successful authors. “The Neruda Case” was on the bestseller list for weeks and has been translated into many other languages. The novel has also won numerous awards.