Skarmeta is another of the Chileans profoundly affected by his country's political travail; since 1975, he has lived in Berlin. The Insurrection is a novel of the Nicaraguan Revolution just before Somoza's fall; it captures the intensity and extremes of a moment that transforms a whole society. The novel has been translated into seven languages and was made into an award-winning film in Europe. Chileno! was written for adolescents, drawing on Skarmeta's own experience of exile.