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Ariel Dorfman

When: Thu., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2011

We all have the desire to just "check out" at times: ditch the cell, unplug the laptop and just walk away. For five minutes or five hours, it's heaven to be in exile from the daily grind. However, when forced out of not only your home but your country, fleeing for and clinging to your life—that's a different story. Ariel Dorfman, prolific Chilean-American human rights activist, author and playwright (Death and the Maiden), has written about such an experience in his new book, Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile. Dorfman was a passionate supporter of Chile's deposed leader Salvador Allende, but General Pinochet's bloody coup d'etat caused him to flee Chile with his wife and young son. He spent the next 20 years moving between Argentina, Amsterdam, Paris and the United States. Dorfman is the Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke. His talk begins at 7:30 p.m. —Christina Cass

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