Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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Ariel dorfman has been hailed as one of the "greatest living Latin American novelists" (Newsweek) and a "storyteller of almost mythic intensity" (The Financial Times). In his brilliant memoir, Heading South, Looking North, Dorfman explores the many exiles of a life torn, from age two, between the United States and Latin America, between revolution and repression. Interwoven with the remarkable story of how he switched languages and cultures--not once, but three times--is a day-by-day account of his multiple escapes from death during a military takeover in Chile. Dorfman filters these events through his dual and hybrid life, speaking, reading, thinking at times in Spanish, at times in English. Beautifully written and deeply moving, Heading South, Looking North is at once a vivid account of a life as complex and mysterious as the fictional characters Dorfman creates and an enthralling meditation about true personal conviction and courage in the late twentieth century.

 

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Contents

Title Page
DISCOVERY OF DEATH IN THE EARLY
DISCOVERY OF LIFE AND LANGUAGE
DISCOVERY OF LIFE AND LANGUAGE
DISCOVERY OF DEATH ON SEPTEMBER 13
SANTIAGO DE CHILE
DISCOVERY OF DEATH SOMETIME
DISCOVERY OF LIFE AND LANGUAGE
DISCOVERY OF DEATH OUTSIDE
DISCOVERY OF LIFE AND LANGUAGE
THE DISCOVERY OF DEATH INSIDE
DISCOVERY OF DEATH INSIDE
SANTIAGO DE CHILE
EPILOGUE A FINAL CHAPTER IN WHICH
ALSO BY ARIEL DORFMAN
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About the author (1998)

Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean expatriate who lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina, where he holds the Walter Hines Page chair at Duke University. He is the author of Konfidenz, Mascara, and Death and the Maiden, as well as many other works.

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