The novel tells the story of a fictional postman, Mario Jiminez, in revolution-era Chile, who befriends the real-life poet Pablo Neruda.
The only regular delivery of Mario, who works on a beautiful island just off the Italian mainland, is to the house of the only literate resident, Pablo Neruda, who is famous for his passionate love poems.
Mario begs Neruda for advice on how to seduce Beatriz, the girl of his dreams.
English filmmaker Michael Radford and Italian director Massimo Troisi jointly made Il Postino a screen adaptation of the novel, in 1994.
The film received five nominations and one Oscar for the best music at the 68th Academy Awards.