Masks & Realities
Why has Chile, a country with a small population, produced so many world class writers, musicians and poets? Ariel Dorfman explains: “It’s a place where the best and the worst things can happen. It’s a land of great mysteries, of many contrasts.” He then goes on to give his personal background and inspirations that have made him a trenchant social critic, essayist and novelist.
Recorded at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Ariel Dorfman was forced into exile after the 1973 U.S.-backed coup in Chile. He is the author of How to Read Donald Duck and The Empire’s Old Clothes, and the novels Widows, The Last Song of Manuel Sendero, Mascara, and Last Waltz in Santiago and Other Poems of Exile and Disappearance. His articles appear in The New York Times, The Nation and The Village Voice. He teaches at Duke.