La Vida Doble by Arturo Fontaine
A Novel (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

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La Vida Doble is a painful story, not only in Irene's unfolding life (as student, young mother, heroic resistant, betrayer of friends, mistress of torturers and torturer herself) but as a portrait of life under Pinochet with all its everyday terrors.
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Set in the darkest years of the Pinochet dictatorship, Fontaine’s best-selling novel explores the dilemma of Lorena, a leftist militant confronted with impossible choices. The book is a tale of violence, lofty ideals, and moral ambiguity.

 

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Arturo 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.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Yale University Press. 312 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alberto Manguel on Jul 26 2013

La Vida Doble is a painful story, not only in Irene's unfolding life (as student, young mother, heroic resistant, betrayer of friends, mistress of torturers and torturer herself) but as a portrait of life under Pinochet with all its everyday terrors.

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