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Titre : The Nanny and the Iceberg
Éditeur : Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.
Date d'édition : 1999
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Signé : Inscribed By Author
Edition : First Edition
This is a fine hardcover first edition copy in a fine, mylar protected DJ, red spine. Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf. N° de réf. du libraire 049210
Synopsis : An ebullient comedy about sex, Antarctica, and Ch Guevara.
Gabriel Mckenzie was conceived on the night of October 10, 1967, in a bed in Santiago de Chile-at the exact moment, his mother claims, that Ch Guevara was being buried hundreds of miles to the north, in Bolivia. The next day, his father, Cris-tbal, makes a bet with his best friend Pablo Barn: Cristbal wagers that he will make love to a woman every night for the next twenty-five years. Barn bets that on that date in 1992, he, Pablo, will be the most powerful man in Chile.
By 1991, Gabriel Mckenzie, exiled in Manhattan, is a baby-faced twenty-three-year-old virgin. Traumatized by the presence of a Don Juan progenitor in Chile, Gabriel returns home to seek help from his father. But before he can lift the curse on his sex life, he must travel to the South Pole and solve the mystery of who is threatening the iceberg that Pablo wants to carve out of Antarctica and ship to Seville to celebrate America's 500 years.
Will Cristbal make it into the Guinness Book of World Records? Will Gabriel get his confidence back and fall in love-and into bed? Will Gabriel's eighty-year-old nanny, who may be the last of a nearly extinct tribe from Patagonia, save the family from disaster? Rabelaisian, picaresque, and erotic, The Nanny and the Iceberg is the most disarmingly original fiction yet from the highly acclaimed author of Konfidenz and Death and the Maiden.
Critique: A Chilean exile in New York, 23-year-old Gabriel McKenzie has a serious sexual complex: the specter of his father, a modern-day Don Juan, makes him fail every time in the bedroom. In Ariel Dorfman's keen comedy The Nanny and the Iceberg, Gabriel goes home with his mother in hopes of solving his problem. Dorfman marvelously tangles this story up with the intricacies of post-Pinochet Chilean politics. Gabriel was conceived the night of Che Guevara's burial. The next day, his father bet his best friend that he would have sex every day for the next 25 years, while his friend bet that he would become the most powerful man in the country. When Gabriel returns to Chile, both men are on track to win. This is also the year in which Chile is preparing to send a chunk of ice from Antarctica to Seville for the 1992 World's Fair (which actually happened). Our hero enmeshes himself and his family in this politically sensitive project, thinking that by putting both parents on the ice-collecting boat he can solve his bedroom complex. "That," says Gabriel, "was my blueprint for sexual success; like in some crazy porno Disney film for kids, I had to get my parents back together again." Of course, his problems are more complicated than that. As Dorfman tracks Gabriel's journey--in which his old nanny is powerfully present--he unleashes some of the major themes of existence: politics, family, lust, and anger. With a marksman's skill, he nails much of what's important in life and what's funny about it. The Nanny and the Iceberg lets life be messy, just as it is. --Katherine Anderson
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