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In these short stories, Dorfman writes of love and betrayal, of families broken apart by hope and fear, of personal lives invaded by political authority, and of men and women who long for privacy.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Penguin Books (first published January 9th 1990)
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Robert
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ariel Dorfman’s collection of stories, My House is on Fire (1990), is a hard-punching literary response to the brutality of Augusto Pinochet’s regime in Chile. Some of the stories are realistic portrayal of life under the regime’s lash (often literally). Others, like the title story, have the air of fables or dark fairy tales. Either way, these stories stand up well both as literature and protest. Dorfman always retains an interest in character, setting, and narrative structure that ensures last ...more
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Nov 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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it is dumbfounding to me that ariel dorfman is not more widely read. the eleven stories that make up my house is on fire are brief yet forceful forays into themes dorfman explores more fully in his lengthier works; tyranny, violence, distress, resistance, and hope unvanquished. a lurking disquiet permeates much of dorfman's storytelling and heightens the tension immeasurably, making for an often chilling read.
since they were going to kill him anyhow, since tomorrow they would tell his mother the
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Alex
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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Read 29/04/2013 - 02/05/2013

It's really hard to rate collections of short stories, since they tend to vary in quality, and this collection is no different. There were some strong 4 star stories. Some mediocre 3 star stories. And possibly a couple of 2 star ones. But I think, overall, the book has to rest nicely on 3 stars.

There are some shocking and disturbing portrayals of the dictatorship in Argentina, but some of the stories did seem a little too 'abstract' to really have too much of an effec
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Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina since 1985.

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