An Evening of Literature & Politics
Ariel Dorfman reads from Last Waltz in Santiago, Widows, The Last Song of Manuel Sendero, and My House is on Fire. Always in the background is Chile, a land of “short memories and long knives.” Recorded at City Center, with a brilliant introduction by Christopher Hitchens.
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.