Book Review: Ariel Dorfman, Mascara

Known for his scathing commentary on contemporary issues in Latin America, Mascara is Dorfman’s third novel; also, his first written in English. A dark tale of love and power, memory and betrayal, and the masks we all wear. Told from the point of views of its three main characters whose lives intertwine in surprising and twisted ways: the nameless, faceless man whose story dominates the book, Oriana, a childlike woman both haunted and pursued, and a surgeon whose identity is well known, while at the same time fluid and changing. Concise and complex with sharp prose and Dorfman’s usual acerbic wit.

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