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The Man Who Loved Dogs: A Novel Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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I also found Anna's Kushner's translation, much praised on the dust jacket blurbs, rather clumsy in places, as if she had used the exact dictionary equivalent of a word or phrase without conveying the sense.
Living in the times when Money is Speech, we might think that no one can escape the plight of the man who loved dogs.
I loved the various characters in the book and what they represented. I loved weaving back and forth in History, realizing, "It's Complicated!"
The book is in the end a condemnation of Trotsky (though the narrative builds some sympathy for him in his exile), Stalin and his creations (above all), and Fidel's government and policies. The latter is fascinating, since Padura is able to travel and return to Cuba apparently unmolested.