Heading South, Looking North

Ariel Dorfman

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Picador Africa


In this remarkable memoir, Ariel Dorfman describes an extraordinary life, torn between the United States, South America, and his Jewish heritage, between English and Spanish, between revolution and repression. Interwoven with the story of how Dorfman switched languages and countries - not once, but three times - is a day-to-day account of his multiple escapes from death during Pinochet's military takeover in Chile in 1973. A beautifully written autobiography by one of the 'greatest living Latin American writers' (Newsweek), Heading South, Looking North is a moving account of Dorfman's complex life as well as an elegant reflection on language, exile and memory.