Swedish Tango by Alyson Richman
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Octavio Ribeiro is a rising movie star in Chile when, at the request of his literary hero, Pablo Neruda, he agrees to serve as a media trainer in the presidential campaign of Salvador Allende. This involvement exposes Octavio and his family -- especially his wife, Salome -- to the ruthless kidnapping and terror tactics of Allende's rival, Pinochet, until they escape to political exile in Sweden.

Kaija and her husband, Dr. Samuel Rudin, are also living as expatriates in Sweden. Rudin, a psychiatrist, specializes in treating people like Salome who have been traumatized by war and political upheaval. As the couples' destinies intersect, they must each confront the secrets they have kept and acknowledge the painful truth that personal choices can result in tragic, irrevocable consequences.

Richman deftly explores the complex landscape of lives shaped by political events beyond their control in a deeply moving and beautifully rendered second novel. From the author of the

critically acclaimed "The Mask Carver's Son" comes "Swedish Tango," a powerful story of two couples from opposite ends of the earth who seek refuge in Sweden, where their lives intertwine in a poignant dance with destiny.


About Alyson Richman

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Alyson Richman graduated from Wellesley College in 1994. The acclaimed author of The Mask Carver's Son, she lives in Long Island, New York, with her family.
Published September 28, 2004 by Atria Books. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Samuel and Salome have a brief affair, which, for ethical reasons, Samuel ends, while Salome leaves Octavio and makes a life for herself.

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Salome de Ribero's tranquil life in Santiago, Chile, with her beloved husband Octavio, a film star and poet, and their three children, is shattered when Octavio's political alliances put the family in danger.

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thugs of Allende's opponent Pinochet abduct and torture his wife Salome to frighten Allende supporters and to personally make Octavio pay.

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