La Muerte y La Doncella
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La Muerte y La Doncella

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La muerte y la doncella, la obra latinoamericana mas representada en la historia del mundo, ha llegado a constituirse en un clasico sobre la justicia y el perdon, la memoria y el olvido. Dorfman se ha propuesto a explorar preguntas pocas veces hechas en voz alta: "¿Como pueden los represores y los oprimidos cohabitar una misma tierra, compartir una misma mesa?" preguntas q...more
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Published June 9th 2001 by Siete Cuentos (first published May 1st 1991)
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jeremy
reminiscent of the moral perplexities that became the distinctive feature of greek drama, death and the maiden is an unabashed examination of the sometimes unexpected repercussions inherent in reconciliation with the past. set in post-pinochet chile, or rather, “a country that is probably chile but could be any country that has given itself a democratic government just after a long period of dictatorship,” this play is a scorching indictment of the lingering physical, emotional, psychological, a...more
Jeff
Let's make extraordinary issues of torture and fascism boring! I hate to be so dismissive of something about so sensitive an issue, especially when so many people find this work compelling, but rather than three people dealing with these horrible situations, this play reads and performs more as if it's three people talking about a conversation they overheard by three people talking about three friends they have who have three other friends who might have experienced this once. If we need a play...more
Karima
I had the privilege of seeing Dorfman on his recent (12/07)visit to Buffalo. The guy KNOCKED ME OUT!
Here's one of many of his slammer statements:
"How can you tell the truth if the mask you have adopted ends up being identical to your face?"
He believes that art & literature are tools through which we can disarm our fears.
Now for the play, Death and the Maiden
This is a political, psychological thriller. Intellectually exciting. Poses some fundamental questions about forgiveness.
Jessica (Chronicles of a Book Nerd)
Dorfman style is simplistic, but deliberate. Each word, each action, every nuance has a purpose. He does some pretty amazing things with symbolism, particularly with the use of silence and sound, and light and darkness. It is through these things that Dorfman artfully explores the issues of power, forgiveness, and justice. What I appreciated most about the play is that Dorfman does not thrust his bias down your throat, but leaves it up to you to make your own decisions. I found myself sympathizi...more
Venessa
Irreparable. Are things irreparable? Are lives? Are actions? Just some of the themes that Dorfman explores in this brilliant play which I already know I will read more than once. Set in Chile just after the country turned from a dictatorship to a democracy, although Dorfman describes how it can be set in any similar country. Three characters relive events of their tortured {in different ways} pasts....
Christina
For such a short play, Death and the Maiden is intense. It deals artfully with the difficult issues of torture, rape, and vengeance, and portrays the complicated and subjective nature of justice. Dorfman's use of ambiguity and unreliable narration (or, at least, unreliable characters) is fantastic - even by the end of the play, you're not entirely sure what's happened, who's guilty, and who's innocent. Don't let the number of characters and the length decieve you. This play is anything but simpl...more
Samantha
Another of the IB plays. I analysed this as much as I coud because there is not much out there on the internet about themes and stuff. Sparknotes had surprisingly little info about this but what I could gather seemed to be good enough. In my exam I was given several questions regarding themes, symbols, literary devices, etc and had to choose one and compare two literary works (The Kite Runner, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death and The Maiden, Macbeth, Animal Farm). I chose Streetcar and Death and...more
SmarterLilac
Dark but unflinching look at oppression, abuse and its social as well as personal consequences. Much better as a play than a film, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley notwithstanding.
Mylissa
Really interesting political thriller that also deals with forgiveness, especially in countries healing from terrible regimes. Based on true events.

I felt the characters felt well rounded and like real people. Each of them had wants and goals and desires. No one was absolutely the bad guy or absolutely the good guy, lots of grey areas, which make for really interesting stories and also good discussion points. Would be really interesting to see played live, although it deals with heavy subjects...more
Vincent
Having read this a decade ago, and seen the movie countless times, I was compelled to revisit this story for a number of reasons, not the least of which was my idea that it would be a good text to use in a class I am teaching. I've since decided to use the film version instead, as I consider it a better execution of the tale and the themes (and because it is, in my mind, Polanski's best film since Chinatown). But that doesn't mean that this play isn't anything short of fantastic.

Outside of one...more
Megan Fletcher
Death and the Maiden is a 1990 play by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. Paulina Salas is a former political prisoner in an unnamed Latin American country who had been raped by her captors, led by a sadistic doctor whose face she never saw. The rapist doctor played Schubert's composition Death and the Maiden during the act of rape; hence the play's title.

Years later, after the military regime falls, paulina is living with her husband, Gerardo Escobar. When Gerardo comes back from a visit to the...more
Esther
Paulina, die Frau eines angesehenen Anwalts, glaubt in dem Gast ihres Mannes den Menschen wiederzuerkennen, der sie Jahre zuvor unter der Gewaltherrschaft in Chile gefangen, gefoltert, vergewaltigt und psychisch gequält hat.
Die spanische Reclam-Fremdsprachentexte-Edition habe ich innerhalb von einem Tag gelesen – und das obwohl mein Spanisch sicher nicht besser als Niveau B2 ist.

Erschütternd und spannend, aufwühlend und anregend.
Der Kampf eines Opfers gegen ihren Täter, aber auch gegen das Unv...more
Rachel
I first read this as an assignment at the beginning of my time studying abroad in Chile, and didn't get that much out of it because a) I still couldn't understand hardly anything I read in Spanish and b) I hadn't yet learned about Chile's turbulent and painful history. I've since improved my knowledge in both areas, and decided to read it again...and I'm glad I did. This play is a political, psychological thriller that draws you in and makes you question your conceptions of truth, forgiveness, j...more
Donna
I finished this a couple of weeks ago now but it was absolutely incredible. As a very short play (in text form it is only 50 pages) this offers quite a concentrated narrative and it really packs a punch.

Set in post-Pinochet Chile this play asks questions about post-dictatorial regimes and how a society deals with its past- particularly asking questions of truth and justice; in such a society where ordinary citizens are turned into perpetrators (or at the least bystanders) who do you punish after...more
Henry Wijaya
Mar 15, 2013 Henry Wijaya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in history, memory and peace & human rights
Recommended to Henry by: Professor Daniel Friedrich
This book is an awesome psychological thriller. It tells the story of one night where the fates of three people collided: the victim of brutal kidnap and torture from the old authoritarian regime, her husband who soon will be appointed as the head of the investigation commission, and a doctor who was suspected to be involved in the torture. The woman was certain that this doctor took part in committing the torture and rape against her and wanted to take revenge on him personally. This book keeps...more
Julie
This was such a short and quick read that I almost feel guilty about counting it as a book "read" as part of my 100 books challenge... but so it goes. I read this book for my dissertation and my brain feels too sore from too much upgrade panel-writing to say anything intelligent or relevant about it. It's a classic text, I guess. Raises interesting questions. Would like to see the movie, especially Ben Kingsley's performance.
Annette
Nov 04, 2008 Annette rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like plays
Recommended to Annette by: school
I thought that is book was not that great. I guess it was probably because it was in a different time period and place. I didn't really learn much from it but that the country this story took place in was in dictatorship for a long period of time.
In this book, it was about a woman, Paulina, who was raped and suspected the doctor her husband brought home was the rapest. So when the doctor and husband was asleep, she tied the doctor up. With the husband discovering this, she questioned the man ov...more
Maryam Malkian
توافق، سازش، مذاکره. در این مملکت، همه چیز با توافق انجام میشود، مگر نه؟ معنای این انتقال و تحول هم همین نیست؟ آن ها اجازه می دهند ما دموکراسی داشته باشیم، ولی زمام اقتصاد و نیروهای مسلح را خودشان به دست میگیرند؟ کمیته می تواند درباره ی جنایت ها تحقیق کند، ولی کسی به خاطر آن ها مجازات نمیشود؟ آزادی که هر چه میخواهی بگویی به این شرط که همه چیزهایی را که میخواهی نگویی؟ ...

برگرفته از نمایشنامه "مرگ و دختر جوان" نوشته آریل دورفمان

من در آن زمان، و اکنون نیز بیش از همیشه، بر این باورم که یک دموکراسی ش...more
Nikki
Interesting perspective on the idea of how memory plays an integral role when remembering incidents from a traumatic past and how individuals deal with it.
Katie
A gripping play. Grappling with the idea of coming to terms with the past and whether this can ever be actually successful.
Olalao
Suspenseful plot, perpetual themes and issues regarding humanity. Can't wait to read it a second time
Kerry
Read this as one of the possible texts for my English Lit class. Really enjoyed it, if that is the right verb. Saw the movie a few years ago and thought that was also terrific. A good memorial for a horrible time in Chilean history. Lest we forget!
Steff El Madawi
I devoured this in an hour or so. Had I not known what to expect in advance (thanks to a recommendation), I might not have persevered as the first scene didn't do much for my engagement. I'm glad I stuck with it as the remainder of the play is beautifully paced. As Paulina's unspeakable demons are revived as the result of a chance encounter, the characters co-conspire with the reader in the solicitation of the 'truth'. The ambivalent morality and the rhetoric of 'forgive and forget' ensure the s...more
Chris
Good audio performance.
Ali Balighi
نمایشنامه‌ای نسبتن خوب که با تکیه بر هوش موسیقیایی زن، راز آزار و اذیت هایی که کسی در زندان به او تجاوز کرده است را فاش می کند و با همراهی همسرش از او اعتراف میگیرد و در نهایت کشتن و آزاد کردن فرد متخلف را به مخاطب وا میگذارد همانند اغلب نمایشنامه های مدرن.

خواندن این اثر خالی از لطف نیست زیرا ما هنوز فرهنگ تئاتر رفتن و تئاتر خوب دیدن را نداریم و یا اگر داشته باشیم وضعیت معاشیمون به قدر بد هست که نمی توانیم به تئاتر های خوب برویم و در نهایت خواندن نمایش نامه ها به صورت کتاب خود لذت خاصی دارد.
Richard
This is a play that should be on Broadway forever. It takes place in Cuba (though it could be anywhere), at the time of political upheaval, when the old government is gone and they are trying to get to freedom and democracy (if memory serves me). It's just three actors, and it goes back and forth the whole time, keeping you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen and who the hell is right. On stage, it could be one of the most powerful and jaw-dropping plays to see.
Kirsten
A good well-written play but not to my personal taste. Examines truth and perception. Very neat, concise, well-crafted. One setting and three characters, 24 hours. Also asks whether revenge is best to be conducted through legal, cold and inflexible channels, or whether it should be personal, and the rapist raped. (Unfortunately?) I am pretty much apolitical and so the influences of political regimes and parties on the movement of the play slightly turned me off.
Bobby Sullivan
When I read plays, sometimes I read them as a potential director, and sometimes I read them as a potential actor. This was one where the play spoke to me as an actor. Roberto is, without a doubt, a fascinating character to play. I don't think it would ever get stale; one night, you could play it that he's guilty, and the next night, you could play it that he's not. It would be great fun, changing the intention like that, making those different choices.
Nia
Aug 29, 2013 Nia added it  ·  review of another edition
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Post-Pinochet Chile. Paulina unofficially tries Dr. Roberto Miranda for torturing and raping her in a military detention camp, putting her husband (newly appointed to an investigative commission) in a difficult position. Interesting meditation on the rights of victims of military regimes in newborn democracies: should justice be upheld at the expense of peace?
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Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina since 1985.

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