Other Septembers, Many Americas: Selected Provocations, 1980-2004 / Edition 1

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"Let me tell you, America, of the hopes I had for you," Dorfman writes after the fall of the Twin Towers, remembering back to an earlier September 11 in 1973, when he was on the staff of Salvador Allende, then president of Chile, the day he was removed from office and murdered in a coup in which the U.S. government was complicit. "Beware the plague of victimhood, America . . . Nothing is more dangerous than a giant who is afraid."
Included in Other Septembers, Many Americas are major essays about the America south of the border, exploring the ambiguous relationship between power and literature and touching on topics as diverse as bilingualism, barbarians, and video games. In the essay "A Different Drum," Dorfman asks, "Isn’t it time, as war approaches yet again, to tell each other stories of peace over and over again?" Over and over in these jewel-like essays, his best shorter work of the last quarter-century, Dorfman weaves together sentiment and politics with his sense of the larger historical questions, reminding Americans of our unique role in the world, so different from the one put forward by the current administration: the power to resist and to imagine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583226322
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet 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. 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. He is distinguished professor at Duke University and lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Foreword : at home among the cyclops
Pt. 1 I have been through this before
Globalizing compassion : photography and the challenge of terror 3
Love letter to America 11
Cold waters 15
Pablo Picasso has some words for Colin Powell from the other side of death 19
Letter to an unknown Iraqi dissident 23
A different drum 27
Lessons of a catastrophe 32
The final temptation of Ivan Karamazov 35
The last September 11 39
Pt. 2 Yesterday is still here
Hymn for the unsung 45
Hammurabi, the exalted prince who made great the name of Babylon, has words from the other side of death for Donald Rumsfeld 49
The 19 and the 84 54
The face, the voice, the eyes of the enemy 57
Get rich, young man, or Uncle Scrooge through the looking glass 60
Evil Otto and other nuclear disasters 66
Norteamericanos, call home 75
Down Mexico way ... before the subcomandante came along 82
Finding the fever 87
Can a dictator tell us something about ourselves? 90
Dreams of a bilingual nation 95
Questions for humanity 98
Martin Luther King : a Latin American perspective 101
Pt. 3 Troubled bridges
Who are the real barbarians? : memory and the fate of Latin America 109
Christopher Columbus has words from the other side of death for Captain John Whyte, who rebaptized Saddam International Airport as his troops rolled into it 126
Will the Duendes prowl in Santiago? 133
The day I failed to be Che Guevara 136
Rubber soul 142
A hopeful parable of doom 146
The clowns come to the revolution 151
The return of Che 154
Saying good-bye to Pablo 158
Neruda and the terror in Madrid 162
The Latin American aesthetics of hope 166
Pt. 4 Imagining a way out
The wandering bigamists of language 175
Moving away from the known 183
Final and first words on Death and the maiden 186
A message from a king of Troy 191
... And they lived heartlessly ever after 194
Surviving the century : filming with Roman Polanski 197
Conjuros : the bull in the labyrinth of Spain and Chile 202
Confessions from another south, other wars 212
Writing voices from beyond the dark 217
Writing the deep south 222
The hidden censors 228
The children are watching 234
Letter to the sixth billionth world citizen 241
Conclusion as manifesto : imagining a possible peace 253
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