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About Daniel Silberman
In 1973 Chile went through a violent coup d'estate, and his father, David Silberman, was imprisioned and later on murdered by secret police agents and became a "desaparecido" (missing person).
At the age of 10, after losing hope of ever finding David, the family left for Israel, Daniel with his mother and two siblings, due to political persecution they were subjected to.they arrived to Israel on his exact birthday, February 24th, 1977 (back then the flight from South America to Israel, was a long 2 day journey).
Since, writing has always been his escape, as he searched for a saner, more humane world.
Daniel holds a B.A. in Journalism but worked in the profession for a short period of time, as he became extremely dissapointed to find out "what really motivates the press" (money and advertising, not the search for thruth).
In 1996 Daniel relocated to Boston, Mass. where he worked as a financial advisor.
In 2000, he published his first novel, "Hamorad" (Hebrew for Downhill), a semi-autobiographical existential novel.
He moved back to Israel In 2008 with his family and shortly after, published "Three Monkey Brothers", his first children's book, both in English and Hebrew.
In 2016 "Chicken or Fish?" a short story he authored, won the first prize in the annual B'nai B'rith Chile writing competition.
His third book -The Dead Hand - La Manita Muerta - has been published in 2020 in English and Hebrew and is available on Amazon.
Currently, Daniel is writing both a movie script and a play, both based on his personal life experience,
During his entire career, both in Israel and the U.S, he has always worked and volunteered with children, in the media, and in the fields education and literacy.
Today he co-owns a company specializing in safe driving workshops. The workshops are available in Hebrew, Arabic, English & Spanish
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La Manita Muerta (The Dead Hand) is a compilation of short stories that allow the reader to become acquainted with the lives of their characters under the dictatorship regime in Chile after the military overthrew the elected democratic government in 1973, and their attempt to continue with their daily routines despite and in face of all the existential dangers and violations of basic individual rights.
The stories evolve around the life of David Silberman, who was the prominent manager of a mining operation in the north of the country and a socialist political activist, who was kidnapped by the military after the government was overthrown.
Each story stands on its own, but they are interconnected through a single riveting plot, which is based on the real events and chosen to be told from the unique perspective of women and children, because history is mostly related by male adult characters.
The plot follows the realities of life under a Latin American dictatorship, but there is a hidden message for all readers worldwide. In Chile, the democratic values were shattered overnight in an abrupt transition by a well-timed military coup, while in the rest of the western free world there is a slow and gradual erosion of the values of freedom and democracy that may ultimately lead to similar consequences.