Paradise Found, and Lost: Odyssey in Chile
Eva Krutein's adventure continues with the family's nine years in Chile, where they are warmed by the beauty of the land and the openness of the people. Eva is sensitive to social injustice and machismo, and senses the pending violence of revolution and counter-revolution. As in part 1 of the Krutein memoir, "Eva's War," we see important world events from a new perspective. More
From the Publisher's Preface by Harry Willson, 1990:
Every independent publishing company must seek its special niche, we are told. Ours is "stories. " But all our stories do more than entertain -- they refresh and nurture, they liberate, they reveal truth. The fiction that we publish is "true," in this deeper metaphorical sense. The stories that Eva Krutein shares with us, which we are glad to share with the world, are also true in the more literal sense. These things really happened, to her and Manfred, and their children and all the people she tells about. We are impressed with the way readers, and even critics, respond: "This reads like a novel!" In "Eva's War" we went through the end of World War II, seeing it from a perspective that was new to most of us. It is a rip-roaring adventure story, with serious philosophical implications. It does more than entertain -- it challenges us to rethink attitudes and values we've been assuming were fixed. Now in "Paradise Found, and Lost" we go to an exotic, faraway country. Yes, we remember hearing about Chile in the news, and some of the news was a frightful horror story. Eva introduces us to real people. We encounter poverty, racism and injustice, as experienced by people we have learned to care about. We see political involvement in social change, from a new perspective. The oppression of women comes up constantly in both books....Amador Publishers is very proud to present this sequel to "Eva's War". Eva's life has been quite remarkable, to say the least, and her ability and willingness to share it with us are gifts we value highly.
"A loving account of the two faces of Chile. A necessary reading, for those interested in social processes from the view of a 'foreigner,' who adopted the country as her own." --Juan Funez Gonzalez, School of Social Sciences, U of Calif, Irvine
"Eva Krutein's personal experiences provide a compelling and fascinating foundation from which to view Chilean culture in the broad sense. The impact of providing humanized images of people, many of whom later became victims, prevents them from ever being reduced to statistics. The author's dedicated humanism shines
through, but the ideological dichotomies and political divisions are also humanized and made immediate in their expression by friends, who were also divided, even within families. The reader is carried along and shares the emotions of the author as the story unfolds, unveiling the tragic savagery of machismo and of oppressive poverty, of the class conflict it engendered, and of the consequences." --Roger Dittman, California State University, Fullerton, CA; National Coordinator, Federation of Scholars & Scientists
"A truly riveting story of suspense, drama and courage." --Bea Foster, President & Executive Director, California Peace Academy