Desert Memories: Journeys Through the Chilean North

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The Norte Grande of Chile, the world's driest desert, had ''engendered contemporary Chile, everything that was good about it, everything that was dreadful, '' writes Ariel Dorfman in his brilliant exploration of one of the least known and most exotic corners of the globe. For 10,000 years the desert had been mined for silver, iron, and copper, but it was the 19th-century discovery of nitrate that transformed the country into a modern state and forced the desert's colonization. The mines' riches generated mansions and ...

Desert Memories: Journeys Through the Chilean North 2004, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC

ISBN-13: 9780792262404

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