The Resource Desert memories : journeys through the Chilean North, Ariel Dorfman

Desert memories : journeys through the Chilean North, Ariel Dorfman

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Desert memories : journeys through the Chilean North
Title
Desert memories
Title remainder
journeys through the Chilean North
Statement of responsibility
Ariel Dorfman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
El Norte Grande of Chile is the world's driest desert, a vast, barren expanse where a person can live an entire lifetime without ever feeling a single drop of rain, where rivers vanish into the sands and trees are all but unknown. But this forbidding landscape has many stories to tell an observant, inquisitive traveler. Someone like Ariel Dorfman. Renowned as a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright, he combines eloquence, passion, and personal experience with a sure sense of place and a keen eye for the telling detail that brings history to life -- for this account of his journey through the desert is also a chronicle of modern Chile. Like an archaeologist, he sifts through shards of memory to recreate a world that no longer exists but still casts a long shadow over his native land. Ghosts are at the heart of his tale, from the ruined boomtowns where great nitrate fortunes were built to the seaside prison where Dorfman's old friend Freddy Taberna spent his last night before being executed in 1973 after the overthrow of Salvador Allende's government. In these pages, long-abandoned mining communities are summoned up in their glory days, when the mansions of mineral millionaires were built on the punishing labor of workers forever in hock to the company store. Nor are these the only ghosts. In this sweeping book, Dorfman also examines the oldest mummies in the world, visits an observatory at the top of the world that scans the light from long-dead stars, and sifts through the remains of indigenous villages buried under tons of sand. Skillfully interweaving present and past, memoir and meditation, fascinating history and colorful family lore, Desert Memories gazes across the seeming emptiness of el Norte Grande, finds a complete and compelling world, and conjures it up with the kind of elegant simplicity that only the most sophisticated of travelers can achieve
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DLC
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Dorfman, Ariel
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
F3205
LC item number
.D67 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
National Geographic directions
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  • Norte Grande Region (Chile)
  • Dorfman, Ariel
Label
Desert memories : journeys through the Chilean North, Ariel Dorfman
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Publication
Contents
Prologue : Opening in Arica : Circling back -- Origins : Footprint in the south -- Star prospectors -- Cemeteries under the moon -- Ghosts : Nomads of nitrate -- Time for a story -- Mountain of fire -- Under the sand -- Bodies : preservation blues -- Family secrets -- Finding Freddy -- Epilogue : Footsteps in the north: Arica and beyond -- Acknowledgments, along with a final story
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
283 p.
Isbn
9780792262404
Lccn
2003058825
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • 2196280-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)2196280
  • (Sirsi) o52631448
  • (OCoLC)52631448
Label
Desert memories : journeys through the Chilean North, Ariel Dorfman
Link
Publication
Contents
Prologue : Opening in Arica : Circling back -- Origins : Footprint in the south -- Star prospectors -- Cemeteries under the moon -- Ghosts : Nomads of nitrate -- Time for a story -- Mountain of fire -- Under the sand -- Bodies : preservation blues -- Family secrets -- Finding Freddy -- Epilogue : Footsteps in the north: Arica and beyond -- Acknowledgments, along with a final story
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
283 p.
Isbn
9780792262404
Lccn
2003058825
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • 2196280-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)2196280
  • (Sirsi) o52631448
  • (OCoLC)52631448

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