Acclaimed author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating, for the first time, his profound and provocative journey through revolution and exile. 'One of the most important voices coming out of Latin America.'--Salman Rushdie 'Ariel Dorfman is one of those rare, deeply feeling writers whose work is both wonderfully elegant and instilled with defiant spirit. 'Feeding on Dreams,' his memoir of his years as an exile from Pinochet's Chile and his subsequent life as a writer, is unforgettable.'--Oscar Hijuelos 'A beautifully crafted, searing memoir by the Chilean-American writer . . . A moving tribute to a life of ideals and struggle.'--'Kirkus Reviews' In September 1973, the military took power in Chile, and Ariel Dorfman, a young leftist allied with President Allende, was forced to flee for his life. In Feeding on Dreams, Dorfman portrays, through visceral scenes and powerful intellect, the personal and political maelstroms that have defined his life since the Pinochet coup. In Buenos Aires, he's on the run from death squads. Next, still holding out hope for Chile's return to democracy, he lives in ever-rotating safe houses in Paris and Amsterdam, where his loyalty to his political party and his wife's loyalty to him are dramatically tested. Finally he finds an uneasy refuge in America, his childhood home. And then, seventeen years after he was forced to leave Chile, Pinochet is out and Dorfman goes back to live there, setting in motion an unimaginable outcome. Dorfman's wry and masterfully told account provides a page-turning tour of the past several decades of North/South political history and of the complex consequences of revolution and tyranny. He has lived in the aftermath of revolution, and his perspective could not be more relevant today. 'Feeding on Dreams' is a passionate reminder that 'we are all exiles,' that we are all 'threatened with annihilation if we do not find and celebrate the refuge of common humanity,' as Dorfman did during his 'decades of loss and resurrection.' 'A multifaceted journey that is geographical, personal and political . . . A complex, nuanced view of United States-Latin American politics and relations of the last forty some years.' -- 'Durham Herald-Sun' 'One of the most important voices coming out of South America.' -- Salman Rushdie In September 1973, the military took power in Chile, and Ariel Dorfman, a young leftist allied with President Allende, was forced to flee for his life. In 'Feeding on Dreams,' Dorfman portrays, through visceral scenes and with startling honesty, the personal and political maelstroms that have defined his life since the Pinochet coup. Dorfman's wry and masterfully told account takes us on a page-turning tour of the past several decades of North-South political history and of the complex consequences of revolution and tyranny, excavating for the first time his profound and provocative journey as an exile and the consequences for his wife and family. 'Fascinating.' -- 'San Francisco Examiner' 'A great book that will simultaneously undo us and sustain us.' -- 'Tikkun'