The Nanny and the Iceberg
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  • May 2003
  • 9781583225677

The Nanny and the Iceberg

Ariel Dorfman

Conceived the night of Che Guevaras 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 Americas "discovery. Into Gabriels quest for manhood and identity enter one iceberg, a faithful if eccentric nanny, and a whole host of fantastical characters.


"A work of tremendous ambition … A fantastic, wide-ranging family saga. Dorfman creates a disturbing portrait of Chile in the early 1990s.—The Boston Globe

"Wonderfully peopled with dppelgangers, metafictional turns and doses of myth and magic. It affirms Ariel Dorfmans place, alongside Vargo Llosa and Gabriel Garca Mrquez, as one of the finest voices in contemporary Latin American storytelling.—Dominic Bradbury, The Times

"The writing is vital, urgent, energetic, the twists and turns of the plot ingeniously unpredictable: a magicians box of tricks.—Brian Martin, Financial Times

"A fascinating read … worth every labyrinthine page!—Chris Searle, Morning Star

"This is an astonishing book … brilliantly constructed … a wonderful, rumbustious and entertaining novel.—Tom Rosenthal, Daily Mail UK

About Ariel Dorfman

Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, ARIEL DORFMAN is a Chilean citizen. A supporter of Salvador Allende, he was forced into exile and has lived in the United States for many years. Besides poetry, essays and novels Hard Rain (1990); Widows (1983); The Last Song of Manuel Sendero (1987); Mascara (1988); Konfidenz (1995). His plays include Death and the Maiden, which has been produced in over one hundred countries and made into a film by Roman Polanski. Dorfman has won many international awards, including the Sudamericana Award, the Laurence Olivier and two from the Kennedy Center, where Speak Truth to Power, his last play, recently premiered. He is distinguished professor at Duke University and lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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