Capricorn Sun

In half the hemisphere it was summer, the hottest in years. Millions of latinos, turning away from rumors of political plots and the facts of economic crises, splurged on record-breaking holidays. The rich, kept from Manhattan and Europe by foreign-exchange restrictions, went to the home resorts. The new industrial classes, their pockets packed with inflated currencies, plunged into the pleasures of unaccustomed leisure. In such seaside capitals as Rio and Montevideo, even the underprivileged poor had a chance to play on world-famous beaches.

At Santiago, in sight of Andean glaciers, the temperature...

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