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Something Fierce
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The winner of CBC's Canada Reads 2012, "Something Fierce" by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada. Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet's violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and her sister went with them, quickly assuming double lives of their own. At 18, Carmen became a militant herself, plunging further into a world of terror, paranoia and euphoria."Something Fierce" takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictator-ruled Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet's Chile in the eventful decade between 1979 and 1989. Dramatic, suspenseful and darkly comic, it is a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life and a passionate argument against forgetting."
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CARMEN AGUIRREis a Vancouver-based writer and theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written or co-written 20 plays, including"The Refugee Hotel," which was nominated for a 2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play. Her most recent one-woman show is"Blue Box." Aguirre has 60 film, TV and stage acting credits, including lead roles in the Showcase series"Endgame"and"Quinceanera," winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival."Something Fierce"won Canada Reads in 2012, was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize, and was a #1 National Bestseller."

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"A coming-of-age story that blends birthday parties and puppy love with indoctrination in the tradecraft of subversion: how to arrange the delivery of secret documents, how to lose a police tail, how to lead a double life." "Toronto Star""Raw, courageously honest and funny; an insightful journey into the formation of a revolutionary soul." "The Globe and Mail " Praise for "Something Fierce""Raw, courageously honest and funny; an insightful journey into the formation of a revolutionary soul." "The Globe and Mail ""A coming-of-age story that blends birthday parties and puppy love with indoctrination in the tradecraft of subversion: how to arrange the delivery of secret documents, how to lose a police tail, how to lead a double life." "Toronto Star"

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