Darwin's Ghosts

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

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. A Chilean-American author born in Argentina, his numerous award-winning works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in more than fifty languages. His play Death and the Maiden, which has been performed in over one hundred countries, was made into a film by Roman Polanski. Among his works are the novels Widows, The Nanny and the Iceberg, Mascara, and Konfidenz, and the memoirs Heading South, Looking North and Feeding on Dreams. He recently published a collection of essays, Homeland Security Ate My Speech: Messages from the End of the World. He contributes to major papers worldwide, including frequent commentary in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, El País, the Guardian, Le Monde, and La Repubblica. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harper's, Playboy, Index on Censorship, Guernica, and many other magazines and journals. A prominent human rights activist, he lives with his wife, Angélica, in Chile and Durham, North Carolina, where he is the Walter Hines Page Research Professor Emeritus of Literature at Duke University.


"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 García 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