Some Write to the Future

Essays on Contemporary Latin American Fiction

Some Write to the Future

Book Pages: 272 Illustrations: Published: April 1991

Author: Ariel Dorfman

Translator: George Shivers

Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Criticism

Formerly exiled Chilean author Ariel Dorfman, one of Latin America's greatest writers and a major literary figure of the twentieth century, is known for such critically acclaimed works as the novel Widows and the play Death and the Maiden. A master of various literary forms, this collection draws together Dorfman's critical essays on contemporary Latin American writing. Spanning more than twenty years and arranged in chronological order, each essay is devoted to a single author—Miguel Angel Asturias, Jorge Luis Borges, José Maria Arguedas, Alejo Carpentier, Gabrial Garcia Márquez, Roa Bastos—and one final essay looks at the "testimonial" or concentration camp literature from Chile.

Praise for Ariel Dorfman
“One of the most important voices coming out of Latin America.”—Salman Rushdie

“A remarkable writer . . . writing out of a very different cultural perspective from comfortable American readers.”—Digby Diehl, Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“One of the six greatest Latin American novelists.”—Jacobo Timmerman, Newsweek


“In Some Write to the Future, Ariel Dorfman, the Chilean poet, novelist, critic, and playwright, turns criticism into a personal quest--for his own context, both as writer and citizen of Latin America. . . . As both political and literary being, he belongs to the Latin American tradition of the committed writer. . . . [An] intelligent and thoughtful book.” — James Polk, Washington Post Book World

"[A] Chilean literary grandmaster. . ." — Michael Quinn, Time Magazine

"Dorfman explores with great insight the differing ways that political militants and writers of fiction can bear testimony to torture and man's inhumanity to man. His conclusion is that by its very weakness and ambiguity, by its ability to entertain endless doubt, literature can come closer to understanding such horrors." — Nick Caistor, The Independent

"Lucid and thought-provoking. . ." — Ilan Stavans, New York Times Book Review


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Ariel Dorfman is the author of numerous works of fiction, plays, poems and essays in both Spanish and English. Death and the Maiden, his most recent award-winning work, has been hailed as one of the most important political plays of the last decade, with productions in over 15 countries. He divides his time between Santiago, Chile and Durham, North Carolina, where he is Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University.

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1269-7 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1130-0
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