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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
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Siete Cuentos (first published May 1st 1991)
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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
Lamia Al-Qahtani
بداية لمن تهمه الأحداث فعليه تجاوز المقدمة وقراءتها بعد الانتهاء من المسرحية فالمترجم ذكر جميع الأحداث بالتفصيل.

في الدول الديكتاتورية حيث لا أحد يعاقب على العنف يستغل كل شخص له سلطة ولو كانت صغيرة هذه السلطة في التسلط على الآخرين وقهرهم سواء بالقتل أو السجن أو التعذيب أو الاغتصاب أو الإيذاء النفسي أو الوشاية، وما أن تسقط حتى تقوم ديموقراطية مكانها تكون مرحلة انتقالية فالسلطة الديموقراطية الجديدة ما زالت هشة ولم تثبت أقدامها بشكل جيد، والعهد الجديد كالعادة يضع رجاله في أماكن القيادة ويستغني عن ر
روبرتو: (اعتراف می کند) ... موسیقی شوبرت پخش می کردم، چون راهی بود برای جلب اعتماد زندانی ها. ولی در عین حال، می دانستم که راهی است برای تسکین درد و رنجشان… زندانی ها به کسی احتیاج داشتند که کمکشان کند و مراقبشان باشد، کسی که بتوانند به او اعتماد کنند. ...نقش من این بود که تشخیص بدهم زندانی ها می توانند آن مقدار شکنجه و شک الکتریکی را تحمل کنند یا نه. اوایل به خودم یمگفتم این خودش راهی است برای نجات دادن زندگی آدم ها، و همین طور هم بود، ... به آنها دستور می دادم شکنجه را قطع کنند، چون ممکن بود ز ...more
اصل کتاب خیلی قشنگ هست ولی این ترجمه خوب نبود. بعضی از جمله هاش هم نسبت به ترجمه انگلیسی عوض شده بود
A friendly stranger helps you with his car. You invite friendly stranger. Your wife recognises "friendly stranger" as the man who was involved her rape/torture. Who do you believe? The friendly stranger or the traumatic wife?
Death and the Maiden refers to the quartet composed by Schubert with quick allusions in the play. It was a really short play, barely took a day to read. I really enjoyed the perception of truth and belief presented in the play. It was an enjoyable quick read, analysing it i
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
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
Eso final aunque.
دايس محمد
هل من حق الضحية أن تتجاوز القانون فتقتص من من جلادها بنفسها؟ هذا ما يحاول دورفمان الإجابة عليه، أو ما يجلعنا نحن نجيب عليه، المسرحية مستوحاة من حادثة حقيقية إذ قامت امرأة كانت ضحيةً للتعذيب و الاغتصاب أيام حكم الطاغية التشيلي بينوشيه بعد الانقلاب على حكومة ألليندي الماركسية، في هذه المسرحية يظهر مدى تردد باولينا في انتزاع الاعترافات من روبيرتو الذي قام باغتصابها و الإشراف على تعذيبها، كذلك تبدو ظاهرة تغيير المواقع بعد تغيّر الوقائع، فروبيرتو الذي كان طبيباً يساعد في التعذيب و اغتصاب النساء في حق ...more
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.
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.
I'm not a big fan of plays. Most of the times I go out of my way to try and avoid them, unless I'm assigned to read one for English class. The way a play is written has a certain feel and structure to it that doesn't appeal to me much. Someone I knew recommended me this book, claiming that it's an "interesting" read. I was reluctant, but when I actually read it I was surprisingly impressed by it.

It's not a lengthy play. It's very short compared to most other influential plays, but it packs very
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
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....
I'm torn on how to rate this. I love the plot line and think that it's fascinating, but I thought that the execution of the story was just okay. I would love to see the movie. The play itself just felt too rushed for me.
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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
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.
Natalie Sue
Such an interesting text! I'm still thinking about all the questions it ask of the reader.
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
Natasha B
Mar 17, 2015 Natasha B rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophy fans, historical fiction fans,
Recommended to Natasha by: Part of School Curriculm
Book Trigger Warning : Kidnapping, rape and torture

I had to read this book this year for my year 11 english lit studies. I found it to be an interesting, intense and uncomfortable read that deals with serious issues respectfully whilst still tackling them head on. The book leads one to question their own morals and assumptions. (view spoiler)
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
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
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
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
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
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
I found the play version of post-dictatorship justice to be fascinating. Maybe because I've been really involved with Chile's transitional justice in general and this was a new framework and from much earlier in the democratization. A really quick read. Read it for a grad school class on transitional justice and our discussion mostly focused on the power and motifs of the three characters and the way they represent the competing points of view in transition.
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.
What a wonderful play! Really eye opening to a part of history I hadn't yet encountered in any of my reads. I'm not usually a big fan of plays, but this one was really good (and short!) Its definitely readable in under 1 hour, even 30 minutes if you push it at that...
I do recommend getting some background knowledge before reading, though. Know about the historical context, and read a bit about the author. Otherwise you'll struggle with some aspects of the story, because nothing is explicitly me
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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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