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Claudio Orrego Sr.’s book “The Surprising Adventures of Balthazar.”

Intramural Grant
Grant Year
2011-2012

This grant demonstrates the 
support
 from 
the
 Kellogg 
Institute
 of 
International
 Studies 
for
 an
 event
 on
 April
 18,
 2012,
 the launch of 
the
 bilingual
 version
 of
 the
 Chilean
 Claudio
 Orrego
 Vicuña
‘s
 classic
 The
 Surprising
 Adventures
 of
 Balthazar.




Hosting 
this 
launch 
at
 the 
University of Notre Dame is an opportunity on many fronts. The subject matter of Balthazar would be of interest to a wide range of students, scholars, and the broader South Bend community.  A parable about a polar bear, rich in imagery and meaning, Balthazar provides readers profound insights into the nature of authority, power, and freedom. Published in 1974, it can also be read as an allegory of the human rights violations committed by the Chilean military dictatorship in the aftermath of the 1973 coup. 

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