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Darwin's Ghosts


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ARIEL DORFMAN is considered to be one of "the greatest Latin American novelists" (Newsweek) and one of the United States' most important cultural and political voices. Dorfman's numerous works of fiction and nonfiction have been translated into more than thirty languages, including Death and the Maiden, which has been produced in over one hundred countries and made into a film by Roman Polanski. Dorfman has won many international awards, including the Sudamericana Award, the Laurence Olivier, and two from the Kennedy Center. His recent pieces have been published in The New York Times Book Review and The Nation, and Guernica most recently published his short story, "Long Forgotten." He is a distinguished professor at Duke University and lives in Durham, North Carolina.


The novel is much more than a Kafkaesque meditation. It's a thriller, mystery, ghost story and sea adventure ... Like early Hemingway, Dorfman's language is absolutely clear and restrained; like Kafka and Auster, the images are potent yet eerily disembodied. --Andrew Madigan, The Guardian It is no surprise that a writer with Dorfman's skill and brilliance would use an act of imagination as a means of inquiry into the very soul of Euro-American culture ... Darwin's Ghosts is dizzying in the best ways. It is a presence. Open the book and the ghosts manifest. ... A marvel of a novel -Deena Metzger, TIKKUN "Dorfman's work is not just about violence, it's about compassion and redemption, too." --Los Angeles Review of Books Ariel Dorfman's place [is] alongside Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as one of the finest voices in contemporary Latin American storytelling. --Dominic Bradbury, Times of London 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 Ariel Dorfman shows his strength as a writer, his courage as a fighter against dictatorship and, above all, as a conscience which, when wounded, turns words into necesssary testimony and burning poetry. --Elie Wiesel Dorfman's clever, thought-provoking premise serves as the medium for a probing examination of power--as well as a daring attempt to distill the nature of good and evil. --Kirkus Reviews on Darwin's Ghosts

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