Other Septembers, Many Americas

Other Septembers, Many Americas : Selected Provocations 1980-2004

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'Over the years, Ariel Dorfman has written movingly and often brilliantly of the cultural dislocations and political fractures of his dual heritage. Dorfman has, in an impressive body of work, done justice to the two languages that have battled for his voice and the two countries that claim his allegiance.' Shashi Tharoor, New York Times Book Review

Other Septembers, Many Americas: Selected Provocations, 1980-2004 is the first major collection of acclaimed novelist and playwright Ariel Dorfman's best shorter works, including essays, opinion pieces, poems and previously unpublished speeches. Gathered here are writings about America, North and South, that touch on topics as diverse as Scrooge McDuck, barbarians, Vietnam and video games, and as profound as redemption, forgiveness, art and memory. Over and over, in a literary career that has spanned almost a quarter of a century, Dorfman weaves together sentiment and politics with an unmistakable message to his readers that we must never forget to resist and to imagine. This collection forms a rich historical and social text essential for anyone who wishes to understand how the roots of our present crisis are embedded deep within the American psyche, documented by a writer who exists uniquely both inside and out of it.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745321747
  • 9780745321745

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Table of contents

By Way of Introduction

PART ONE: I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE

In Which the Author Explores Some Reactions to the September 11th attacks

1. The Last September 11th

2. Globalizing Compassion: Photography and the Challenge of Terror

3. Love Letter to America

4. Cold Waters

5. Pablo Picasso has Some Words for Colin Powell from the Other Side of Death

6. Letter to an Unknown Iraqi Dissident

7. A Different Drum

PART TWO: YESTERDAY IS STILL HERE

In Which the Author Explores Why the People of the United States Need to Face Their Past...

1. Hymn For the Unsung

2. The 19 and the 84

3. The Face, the Voice, the Eyes of the enemy

4. Get Rich, Young Man

5. Norteamericanos, Call Home

6. Down Mexico Way. . . Before the Subcomandante came along...

7. Finding the Fever

8. Miss Margarida's Way

9. Dreams of a Bilingual Nation

10. Questions for Humanity

PART THREE: TROUBLED BRIDGES

In Which the Author Explores the Continuing Enigma of Latin America

1. Who Are the Real Barbarians: Memory and the Fate of Latin America

2. Will the Duendes Prowl in Santiago?

3. The Day I Failed to be Che Guevara

4. Rubber Soul

5. A Hopeful Parable of Doom

6. Here come the Duendes again.

7. The Clowns Come to the Revolution

8. The Return of Che

9. Wandering on the Boundaries of Development: The Last Journey of the Matacos

10. The True Miracle of Elian

11. The Latin American Aesthetics of Hope

PART FOUR: IMAGINING A WAY OUT

In Which the Author Explores Why Questions Are Better than Answers

1. The Wandering Bigamists of Language

2. Moving Away from the Known

3. Final and First Words to Death and the Maiden

4. Message from a King of Troy

5. And They Lived Heartlessly Ever After

6. Surviving the Century: filming with Roman Polanski

7. Conjuros: The Bull in the Labyrinth of Chile and Spain

8. Confessions from Another South, Other Wars

9. Writing Voices From Beyond the Dark

10. Love Letter to Sarajevo - a poem

11. Writing the Deep South

12. The Hidden Censors

13. The Children Are Watching

14. Letter to the Sixth Billionth World Citizen

Conclusion As Manifesto: Imagining a Possible Peace
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Review quote

[This book] is most riveting for its analysis of culture through its bifocal frame. ... This collection tells of the interwoven politics of the 'many Americas' [Ariel Dorfman] has experienced. -- Jo Littler, Guardian
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About Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean American writer. His works include the Laurence Olivier award-winning play Death and the Maiden.
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