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Desert Memories: Desert Memories

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Desert Memories: Desert Memories

Valutazione: 3.5 stelle su 53.5/5 (10 recensioni)
Lunghezza: 282 pagine3 ore


The Norte Grande of Chile, the world's driest desert, ''engendered contemporary Chile, everything that was good about it, everything that was dreadful,'' writes Ariel Dorfman in his brilliant exploration of one of the least known and most exotic corners of the globe. The 19th-century discovery of nitrate here transformed the country into a modern state and generated riches that resulted in terrible inequalities. The Norte Grande also gave birth to the first Chilean democratic and socialist movements. In this richly layered personal memoir, Dorfman sets out to explore the origins of contemporary Chile—and, along the way, seek out traces of his wife's European ancestors and of his activist friend who was executed by a firing squad in a remote Pinochet death camp.
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