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- DescriptionA tale of violence, lofty ideals, and moral ambiguity, Fontaine's best-selling vel is w available in a superb English translation Set in the darkest years of the Pichet dictatorship, La Vida Doble is the story of Lorena, a leftist militant who arrives at a merciless turning point when every choice she confronts is impossible. Captured by agents of the Chilean repression, withstanding brutal torture to save her comrades, she must w either forsake the allegiances of motherhood or betray the political ideals to which she is deeply committed. Arturo Fontaine's Lorena is a study in contradictions-mother and combatant, intellectual and lover, idealist and traitor-and he places her within a historical context that confounds her dilemmas. Though she has few viable options, she is mere victim, and Fontaine disallows any comfortable high moral ground. His vel is among the most subtle explorations of human violence ever written. Ranking with Roberto Bola and Mario Vargas Llosa on Latin America's roster of most accomplished authors, Fontaine is a fearless explorer of the most sordid and controversial aspects of Chile's history and culture. He addresses a set of moral questions specific to Pichet's murderous reign but invites us, four decades later, to consider global conflicts today and question how far we've come.
- Author BiographyArturo Fontaine is professor of philosophy at the Universidad de Chile. He is the author of four volumes of poetry and three novels, and he regularly publishes essays on cultural topics. Megan McDowell is a translator specializing in Chilean and Latin American literature.
- Author(s)Arturo Fontaine
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication03/06/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleThe Margellos World Republic of Letters
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Weight295 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Translated byMegan McDowell
- Format DetailsWith flaps
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