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Book Title: Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey|
The author of the book: Ariel Dorfman
Edition: Farrar Straus Giroux
Date of issue: April 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9780374168629
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From the author of "Death and the Maiden," this fascinating memoir offers an elegant meditation on language, exile, and memory.
In this remarkable memoir, Dorfman describes an extraordinary life, torn between the United States, South America, and his Jewish heritage, between English and Spanish, between revolution and repression. Interwoven with the story of how Dorfman switched languages and countries--not once, but three times--is a day-to-day account of his multiple escapes from death during Pinochet's military takeover of Chile in 1973. Combining eight vignettes of his life before 1973 with eight scenes from the coup, Dorfman filters these events through an engaging, hybrid consciousness. A beautifully written and deeply moving auto-biography by one of the "greatest living Latin American writers" ( "Newsweek" ), "Heading South, Looking North" is at once a vivid account of a life as complex and mysterious as the fictional characters Dorfman has created, and an enthralling search for a permanent home, a political cause, and a cultural identity.
"A fascinating memoir ... intensely personal and often moving."-- "The New York Times Book Review."
"Dorfman has written the most universal of stories, a meditation on the fragility and uncertainty of life." -- "The Boston Globe"
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Read information about the authorVladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina since 1985.
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