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

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

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

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583226322
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 07/15/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: At Home Among the Cyclopsvii
By Way of Introductionxii
Part 1I Have Been Through This Before
Globalizing Compassion: Photography and the Challenge of Terror3
Love Letter to America11
Cold Waters15
Pablo Picasso Has Some Words for Colin Powell from the Other Side of Death19
Letter to an Unknown Iraqi Dissident23
A Different Drum27
Lessons of a Catastrophe32
The Final Temptation of Ivan Karamazov35
The Last September 1139
Part 2Yesterday Is Still Here
Hymn for the Unsung45
Hammurabi, the Exalted Prince Who Made Great the Name of Babylon, Has Words from the Other Side of Death for Donald Rumsfeld49
The 19 and the 8454
The Face, the Voice, the Eyes of the Enemy57
Get Rich, Young Man, or Uncle Scrooge Through the Looking Glass60
Evil Otto and Other Nuclear Disasters66
Norteamericanos, Call Home75
Down Mexico Way ... Before the Subcomandante Came Along82
Finding the Fever87
Can a Dictator Tell Us Something About Ourselves?90
Dreams of a Bilingual Nation95
Questions for Humanity98
Martin Luther King: A Latin American Perspective101
Part 3Troubled Bridges
Who Are the Real Barbarians? Memory and the Fate of Latin America109
Christopher Columbus Has Words from the Other Side of Death for Captain John Whyte, Who Rebaptized Saddam International Airport As His Troops Rolled into It126
Will the Duendes Prowl in Santiago?133
The Day I Failed to Be Che Guevara136
Rubber Soul142
A Hopeful Parable of Doom146
The Clowns Come to the Revolution151
The Return of Che154
Saying Good-Bye to Pablo158
Neruda and the Terror in Madrid162
The Latin American Aesthetics of Hope166
Part 4Imagining a Way Out
The Wandering Bigamists of Language175
Moving Away from the Known183
Final and First Words on Death and the Maiden186
A Message from a King of Troy191
... And They Lived Heartlessly Ever After194
Surviving the Century: Filming with Roman Polanski197
Conjuros: The Bull in the Labyrinth of Spain and Chile202
Confessions from Another South, Other Wars212
Writing Voices from Beyond the Dark217
Writing the Deep South222
The Hidden Censors228
The Children Are Watching234
Letter to the Sixth Billionth World Citizen241
Conclusion As Manifesto: Imagining a Possible Peace253

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