Mascara by Ariel Dorfman
A Novel

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Mascara delves into the dark terrain of identity and disguise when the lives of three people collide. A nameless man with a face no one remembers has the devastating ability to see and capture on film the brutal truths lurking inside each person he encounters. Oriana, a beautiful woman with the memory of an innocent child, is relentlessly pursued by mysterious figures from her past. Doctor Mavirelli is a brilliant and power-hungry plastic surgeon who controls society’s most prominent figures by shaping their faces. The twining of these three fates plays out in a climactic unmasking.
 

About Ariel Dorfman

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Ariel Dorfman, the Chilean novelist, playwright, journalist, poet, and human rights activist was forced into exile form his homeland following the Chilean military coup of 1973. Since the restoration of democracy in 1990, he has divided his time between Santiago and the United States. Among his many works are the memoir Heading South, Looking North and the highly acclaimed play Death and the Maiden. His writings have won numerous awards, including the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for best play in London, 1992. He contributes regularly to major newspapers and magazines around the world. He is a distinguished professor at Duke University and lives with his wife Angélica, in Durham, North Carolina, and Santiago, Chile. From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 4, 2011 by Seven Stories Press. 252 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Chilean-exile-writer Dorfman's first novel in his own English (the others—Windows and The Last Song of Manuel Sendero—were translated) is a wispy affair, pregnant with all kind of political/existential overtones but never once able to cut, square, and deal its cards in a coherent manner.

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A paranoiac monologue by a nameless man with a face that no one recognizes or remembers reveals a life of carefully constructed obscurity. ``Chilean exile Dorfman's latest work (after The Last Song of

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Chilean exile Dorfman's latest work (after The Last Song of Manuel Sendero ) is a tantalizingly ambiguous web of deceit, intrigue and obsession, its layers of meaning gradually revealed. The first, an

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