The Nanny and the Iceberg by Ariel Dorfman

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Conceived the night of Che Guevara’s burial in 1967, Gabriel McKenzie is inextricably bound up in the history and politics of his native Chile. Twenty-four years on, and still a virgin, Gabriel returns from Manhattan exile to confront his legacy: a Don Juan father and a country preparing for the five-hundredth anniversary of America’s "discovery." Into Gabriel’s quest for manhood and identity enter one iceberg, a faithful if eccentric nanny, and a whole host of fantastical characters.
 

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. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Framed as a suicide note from a lovelorn Chilean-American to his Internet sweetheart, Dorfman's eccentric new novel convolutes with its narrator's obsessive musings and exquisite bad luck. On the eve

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Because of a bet made on the day after Gabriel was conceived--the day of Cris's own 25th birthday and two days after Ch Guevara's death--Gabriel's dad must sleep with a different woman every night until he turns 50.

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