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Homeland Security ate my speech : messages from the end of the world
Dorfman, Ariel, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : OR Books, [2017]
Physical Description:
viii, 213 pages ; 20 cm
"Ariel Dorfman's latest collection is an emotionally raw yet measured assessment of the United States after the election of Donald Trump, highlighting the troubling parallels between Trump and repressive regimes of the past. With corruption and repression looming, Dorfman wonders, can the United States avoid the same kind of political interference it practiced in the past? Concise, original, and even playful, Dorfman provides a clear-eyed take on our state of disunion. The Inquisition, Frankenstein, civil rights struggles, "the bridge on the river Kwai," Pinochet and Nelson Mandela all have a role to play in this far-ranging collection from a writer Time magazine calls a 'literary grandmaster.'"--Jacket flap.
Introduction: Grieving for America -- Part one. The rise of Donald J. Trump -- Philip II, the sixteenth century Spanish monarch, writes to His Excellency Donald Trump -- America meets Frankenstein -- My mother and Trump's border -- Latin American food and the failure of Trump's wall -- Faulkner's question for America -- Part two. The judgment of history -- Now, America, you know how Chile felt -- The River Kwai passes through the Latin America and the Potomac: what it feels like to be tortured -- Words of encouragement for Donald J. Trump from James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States -- A message form the end of the world -- Should Iago be tortured? -- Mission akkomplished: from Comrade Bush to Tovarisch Trump -- Part three. Models of resistance from the past -- Martin Luther King marches on -- Searching for Mandela -- The truth that made her free -- Reading Cervantes in captivity -- The dancing cosmos of Albert Einstein -- Revisiting Melville in Chile -- Part four. What is to be done? -- Homeland security ate my speech -- Alice in Leftland: will you, won't you dance? -- They're watching us: so what? -- How we overcame tyranny before: take heart, friends! -- The whispering leaves of the Hiroshima ginko trees.

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