Antonio Skarmeta is a Chilean writer whose novel and film Ardiente paciencia inspired the 1994 Academy Award–winning movie, Il Postino (The Postman). The novel’s English translation bears the same title. His fiction has received dozens of awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages. In 2011, his novel Los días del arcoíris (The Days of the Rainbow) won the prestigious Premio iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa. His play El Plebiscito, based on the same true incident as this novel, was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film No.