Cuando quiero llorar no lloro

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This article is about the novel. For the film, see Cuando quiero llorar no lloro (film). For the television series, see Cuando quiero llorar no lloro (TV series).
Cuando quiero llorar no lloro
Author Miguel Otero Silva
Language Spanish
Genre Fiction
Publisher New Time
Pages 195
ISBN 980-388-000-4
OCLC 10056520

Cuando quiero llorar no lloro ("When I Mourn I Don't Cry") was the fifth novel by Venezuelan writer Miguel Otero Silva published on June 25, 1970. It is considered one most important of Silva's works and of Venezuelan literature in general. The book is set within the historical events of Venezuela during the 1950s and 1960s, and exposes the social and political conditions of Venezuela of that period of time. According to Silva's wife, the novel was written during a four-month-long retreat at the Villa Guillichini, a medieval castle he owned in Arezzo, Italy.[1]

The novel was made into a film by Maurice Wallerstein in 1973 and produced as a miniseries in Colombia in 1991 with the name Cuando quiero llorar no lloro (TV Series) or Los Victorinos. In 2009 the miniseries was adapted to the telenovela format under the title The Victorinos[2] by the American channel Telemundo. At the time of its release on June 23, the telenovela captured the largest audience in the history of that channel.[3] In 2011, The series was adapted to the Telenovela Format under the title 3 Milagros by the Colombian channel RCN but with 3 women.


The title poem honors the song Autumn Spring by the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío.

Youth, divine treasure,
And you'll never return!
When I mourn, do not cry ...
and sometimes I cry without wanting ...


  1. ^ Goldberg, Jacqueline (March 1, 1998). "When I Mourn I Don't Cry: Miguel Otero Silva: bifurcations of an absentia.". El Nacional. 
  2. ^ The Victorinos at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Gorman, Bill (June 2009). "Victorinos Telemundo's The Highest Rated Premiere Ever 10pm".