Books by Ariel Dorfman

HOMELAND SECURITY ATE MY SPEECH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Dorfman's likening of Donald Trump to Faulkner's Flem Snopes alone is worth the price of admission, and if there's a certain sameness to the indignation piece after piece, it's a worthy addition to the library of resistance."
Chilean refugee Dorfman (Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile, 2011, etc.), long resident in the United States, turns in a spirited rebuke of things as they are. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A somber, moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle."
A beautifully crafted, searing memoir by the Chilean American writer about his dispersion and homelessness after fleeing the military junta of General Pinochet. Read full book review >
BURNING CITY by Ariel Dorfman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2005

"Although unusually mature and self-sufficient due to the absence of his do-good parents, Heller has typical insecurities, fears and dreams that are perfectly captured in this hip, urban tale of unlikely friendships. (Fiction. YA)"
Heller Hastings is the intuitive and sensitive protagonist of this unique story set in New York City the summer before September 11, 2001. Read full book review >
BLAKE’S THERAPY by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2001

"Dorfman's clever, thought-provoking premise serves as the medium for a probing examination of power—as well as a daring attempt to distill the nature of good and evil."
Complex and challenging thriller from the Chilean-born playwright and novelist (Konfidenz, 1995, etc). Read full book review >
THE NANNY AND THE ICEBERG by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A very busy tale that melts in the frenetic heat of its telling."
Like its eponymous iceberg, this strained fictional mix of politics, affected profundity, and supposedly comic eroticism is as much about the obvious—a young man's struggle to lose his virginity—as about what is hidden in the depths: Chilean history. Read full book review >
HEADING SOUTH, LOOKING NORTH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Still, Dorfman's account is slow going through the first half but picks up greatly once the dangers he faced become clear, and he has sharp insights into Chile's political situation."
Novelist Dorfman's (Konfidenz, 1995, etc.) memoir shakes up the term Latino, as he plots the course of "a hybrid, part Yankee, part Chilean, a pinch Jew, a mestizo in search of a center," who becomes an outspoken Chilean exile campaigning for the self-determination of the Americas. Read full book review >
KONFIDENZ by Ariel Dorfman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Heartfelt, but too much packed into a small space, with characters who are political billboards rather than real people."
From exiled Latin American writer Dorfman (Hard Rain, 1990, etc.), a taut political allegory that ambitiously takes on, but doesn't quite resolve, big questions of loyalty, ideology, and truth. Read full book review >