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Feeding on Dreams is a candid and powerful account of Ariel Dorfman's years in exile after he fled the horrors of the Pinochet regime in Chile. This exploration of both the immediate and lasting effects of political repression and violence is characterized by an unflinching regard for truth and is expressed in prose that is as illuminating as his subject is dark. A deeply passionate book, Dorfman lays bare his anger, frustration, regret, and self-criticism, as well as his hope, longing, faith, determination, and passion.
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Hailed by Salman Rushdie as "one of the most important voices coming out of Latin America," the best-selling author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating for the first time his profound and provocative journey as an exile.

In September 1973, the military took power in Chile, and Ariel Dorfman, allied to deposed president Salvador Allende, was forced to flee for his life. Feeding on Dreams is the story of the transformative decades of exile that followed. Dorfman portrays, through visceral scenes and powerful intellect, the personal and political maelstroms underlying his migrations from Buenos Aires, on the run from Pinochet's death squads, to safe houses in Paris and Amsterdam, and eventually to America, his childhood home. And then, seventeen years after he was forced to leave, there is a yearned-for return to Chile, with an unimaginable outcome. The toll on Dorfman's wife and two sons, the "earthquake of language" that is bilingualism, and his eventual questioning of his allegiance to past and party — all these crucibles of a life in exile are revealed with wry and startling honesty.

Feeding on Dreams is a passionate reminder that "we are all exiles," that we are all "threatened with annihilation if we do not find and celebrate the refuge of common humanity," as Dorfman did during his "decades of loss and resurrection."

Review:

"Exploring for the first time his years in exile following the brutal 1973 overthrow of President Allende by General Pinochet, celebrated Chilean novelist and playwright Dorfman (Death and the Maiden) gorgeously evokes his lifelong search for home, country, and belonging. Born in Argentina, raised briefly in the United States before moving to Chile, Dorfman joins Allende's revolution, but unlike his hero, escapes death during Pinochet's military coup and is able to flee the country with his wife, Angelica, and their young son, Rodrigo, in 1973. So begins, through a network of contacts, his long exile, with the family staying for several years in Paris — which Dorfman hated — before moving on to Amsterdam, where Joaquin was born. Intercut with the present day are sections from Dorfman's journal of his brief 1990 return to Santiago, his first time back in Chile since his exile. Amsterdam is followed by the U.S., a place that provides both opportunity and angst, as Dorfman must wrestle both with the role of his adopted country (he became a U.S. citizen in 2005) in Pinochet's regime and with the English language in general, as he more thoroughly embraces bilingualism. Never is the pain of his — or Chile's — past minimized or truly healed, but rather lyrically shared, for, as his exile taught him, the people's strength is everywhere, 'beating in all the friends abroad who have cared for us, literally giving us heart, their heart, when we had felt most abandoned.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"A beautifully crafted, searing memoir....A somber, moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A compelling, profound portrait of shattered expectations and transformation....A work to savor for its remarkable moments and extraordinary language." Boston Globe

Review:

"A beautifully crafted, searing memoir....A somber, moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Gorgeously evokes his lifelong search for home, country, and belonging." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A multi-faceted journey that is geographical, personal and political....A complex, nuanced view of United States-Latin American politics and relations of the last 40 some years." Durham Herald-Sun

Synopsis:

Acclaimed writer and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir, tender and merciless, of his life of exile — of what it means to change deeply, because you have to.

Synopsis:

Acclaimed author and human-rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating, for the first time, his profound and provocative journey through revolution and exile.

Synopsis:

"A multifaceted journey that is geographical, personal and political . . . A complex, nuanced view of United States–Latin American politics and relations of the last forty some years." — Durham Herald-Sun

"One of the most important voices coming out of South America." — Salman Rushdie

In September 1973, the military took power in Chile, and Ariel Dorfman, a young leftist allied with President Allende, was forced to flee for his life. In Feeding on Dreams, Dorfman portrays, through visceral scenes and with startling honesty, the personal and political maelstroms that have defined his life since the Pinochet coup. Dorfman’s wry and masterfully told account takes us on a page-turning tour of the past several decades of North-South political history and of the complex consequences of revolution and tyranny, excavating for the first time his profound and provocative journey as an exile and the consequences for his wife and family.

"Fascinating." — San Francisco Examiner

"A great book that will simultaneously undo us and sustain us." — Tikkun

Synopsis:

Acclaimed author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating, for the first time, his profound and provocative journey through revolution and exile.

“One of the most important voices coming out of Latin America.”—Salman Rushdie

“Ariel Dorfman is one of those rare, deeply feeling writers whose work is both wonderfully elegant and instilled with defiant spirit. Feeding on Dreams, his memoir of his years as an exile from Pinochets Chile and his subsequent life as a writer, is unforgettable.”—Oscar Hijuelos

“A beautifully crafted, searing memoir by the Chilean-American writer . . . A moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle.”—Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Chilean-American author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman's many internationally acclaimed works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction include his bestselling memoir, Heading South, Looking North, which was the basis for the documentary film A Promise to the Dead, directed by Peter Raymont and shortlisted for the Oscars in 2008. His play Death and the Maiden, staged in over 100 countries, was made into a feature film by Roman Polanski.  Dorfman is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Times Book Review, and Huffington Post.  He is Walter Hines Page professor of literature and Latin American studies at Duke University, and his numerous international honors include his delivery of the Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg in 2010.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547549460
Author:
Dorfman, Ariel
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Author:
GRASS, GUNTER
Author:
Heim, Michael Henry
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.4 lb

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Feeding on Dreams is a candid and powerful account of Ariel Dorfman's years in exile after he fled the horrors of the Pinochet regime in Chile. This exploration of both the immediate and lasting effects of political repression and violence is characterized by an unflinching regard for truth and is expressed in prose that is as illuminating as his subject is dark. A deeply passionate book, Dorfman lays bare his anger, frustration, regret, and self-criticism, as well as his hope, longing, faith, determination, and passion.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Exploring for the first time his years in exile following the brutal 1973 overthrow of President Allende by General Pinochet, celebrated Chilean novelist and playwright Dorfman (Death and the Maiden) gorgeously evokes his lifelong search for home, country, and belonging. Born in Argentina, raised briefly in the United States before moving to Chile, Dorfman joins Allende's revolution, but unlike his hero, escapes death during Pinochet's military coup and is able to flee the country with his wife, Angelica, and their young son, Rodrigo, in 1973. So begins, through a network of contacts, his long exile, with the family staying for several years in Paris — which Dorfman hated — before moving on to Amsterdam, where Joaquin was born. Intercut with the present day are sections from Dorfman's journal of his brief 1990 return to Santiago, his first time back in Chile since his exile. Amsterdam is followed by the U.S., a place that provides both opportunity and angst, as Dorfman must wrestle both with the role of his adopted country (he became a U.S. citizen in 2005) in Pinochet's regime and with the English language in general, as he more thoroughly embraces bilingualism. Never is the pain of his — or Chile's — past minimized or truly healed, but rather lyrically shared, for, as his exile taught him, the people's strength is everywhere, 'beating in all the friends abroad who have cared for us, literally giving us heart, their heart, when we had felt most abandoned.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A beautifully crafted, searing memoir....A somber, moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle."
"Review" by , "A compelling, profound portrait of shattered expectations and transformation....A work to savor for its remarkable moments and extraordinary language."
"Review" by , "A beautifully crafted, searing memoir....A somber, moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle."
"Review" by , "Gorgeously evokes his lifelong search for home, country, and belonging."
"Review" by , "A multi-faceted journey that is geographical, personal and political....A complex, nuanced view of United States-Latin American politics and relations of the last 40 some years."
"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed writer and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir, tender and merciless, of his life of exile — of what it means to change deeply, because you have to.
"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed author and human-rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating, for the first time, his profound and provocative journey through revolution and exile.
"Synopsis" by ,
"A multifaceted journey that is geographical, personal and political . . . A complex, nuanced view of United States–Latin American politics and relations of the last forty some years." — Durham Herald-Sun

"One of the most important voices coming out of South America." — Salman Rushdie

In September 1973, the military took power in Chile, and Ariel Dorfman, a young leftist allied with President Allende, was forced to flee for his life. In Feeding on Dreams, Dorfman portrays, through visceral scenes and with startling honesty, the personal and political maelstroms that have defined his life since the Pinochet coup. Dorfman’s wry and masterfully told account takes us on a page-turning tour of the past several decades of North-South political history and of the complex consequences of revolution and tyranny, excavating for the first time his profound and provocative journey as an exile and the consequences for his wife and family.

"Fascinating." — San Francisco Examiner

"A great book that will simultaneously undo us and sustain us." — Tikkun

"Synopsis" by ,
Acclaimed author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating, for the first time, his profound and provocative journey through revolution and exile.

“One of the most important voices coming out of Latin America.”—Salman Rushdie

“Ariel Dorfman is one of those rare, deeply feeling writers whose work is both wonderfully elegant and instilled with defiant spirit. Feeding on Dreams, his memoir of his years as an exile from Pinochets Chile and his subsequent life as a writer, is unforgettable.”—Oscar Hijuelos

“A beautifully crafted, searing memoir by the Chilean-American writer . . . A moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle.”—Kirkus Reviews

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