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Location(s): Chile, Sweden
Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century
Octavio Ribeiro is a rising movie star in Chile when, at the request of famed poet Pablo Neruda, he agrees to serve as a media trainer in the presidential campaign of Salvador Allende. This involvement exposes Octavio and his family — especially his wife, Salomé — to the ruthless kidnapping and terror tactics of Allende’s political rival, General Augusto Pinochet…until they escape to political exile in Sweden, where another couple — Samuel and Kaija Rudin — are also living as expatriates. Dr. Rudin is a psychiatrist specializing in treating people who, like Salomé, have been traumatized by the events of war and upheaval. As the Rudins and Ribeiros dance with destiny, each family must confront the secrets they have kept from one another — and face the personal consequences of their political choices. Rich with historical detail, and written in shimmering prose, Swedish Tango is an epic tale of two cultures that no reader will soon forget.
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