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Ariel Dorfman

Author of Death and the Maiden

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About the Author

Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean citizen. A supporter of Salvador Allende, he was forced into exile and has lived in the United States for many years. Since writing his legendary essay, "How to Read Donald Duck", Dorfman has built up an impressive body of work that has show more translated into more than thirty languages. Besides poetry, essays and novels--"Hard Rain" (Readers International, 1990), winner of the Sudamericana Award; "Widows" (Pluto Press, 1983); "The Last Song of Manuel Sendero" (Viking, 1987); "Mascara" (Viking, 1988); "Konfidenz" (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1995)--he has written plays, including "Death and the Maiden", and produced in ninety countries. He has won various international awards, including two Kennedy Center Theatre Awards. With his son, Rodrigo, he received an award for best television drama in Britain for "Prisoners of Time" in 1996. A professor at Duke University, Dorfman lives in Durham, North Carolina. (Publisher Provided) Ariel Dorfman, Dorfman is a Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies and has a Licenciatura in Comparative Literature from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 1965. He has taught at the Universidad de Chile, the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the University of Amsterdam. Dorfman has written essays that include "How to Read Donald Duck" (coll. With Armand Mattlelart, 1971), "The Empire's Old Clothes" (1983) and "Someone Writes to the Future: Essays on Contemporary Latin American Fiction" (1991). He has also written a collection of poetry titled "Last Waltz in Santiago and Other Poems of Exile and Disappearance" (1988) and a collection of stories titled "My House Is One Fire." His novels include "Widows" (1983), "The Last Song of Manuel Sendero" (1986), "Mascara" (1988), "Hard Rain" (1990), "Konfidenz" (1995), and "The Nanny and the Iceburg" (1999). The play "Widows" won a New American Plays Award from the Kennedy Center and "Reader" won the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center. "Death and the Maiden" also won many awards and was made into a Roman Polanski film and "Mascara" (with son Rodrigo Dorfman) premiered in Bonn in 1998. He created a collection of his plays, "The Resistance Trilogy," which includes "Death and the Maiden," "Reader," and "Widows." (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Ariel Dorfman

Death and the Maiden (1990) 581 copies
Konfidenz (1995) 139 copies
Widows (1983) 107 copies
Mascara (1988) 66 copies
Blake's Therapy (1999) 66 copies
The Nanny and the Iceberg (1999) 64 copies
Burning City (2003) 62 copies
My House Is on Fire (1990) 39 copies
Chile from within (1973) 33 copies
Hard Rain (1852) 33 copies
The Suicide Museum: A Novel (2023) 29 copies
The Rabbits' Rebellion (1998) 27 copies
Darwin's Ghosts: A Novel (2018) 21 copies
Bedrieg de schijn (1979) 8 copies
Reader (1995) 7 copies
Purgatorio (2006) 6 copies
Olum ve Kiz (2012) 5 copies
A Morte e a Donzela (1994) 4 copies
Cautivos (2020) 4 copies
The Compensation Bureau (2021) 4 copies
Allegro (2015) 3 copies
Maskara 2 copies
Security (2008) 2 copies
Ensayos quemados en Chile (2013) 2 copies
Dorando la Pildora (1985) 1 copy
Niania i góra lodowa (2007) 1 copy
Manhattan macadam (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Contributor — 338 copies
Granta 77: What We Think of America (2002) — Contributor — 218 copies
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (2018) — Contributor — 158 copies
Granta 60: Unbelieveable (1997) — Contributor — 128 copies
Animal Farm and Related Readings (1900) — Contributor — 114 copies
McSweeney's Issue 38 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2011) — Contributor — 105 copies
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (2007) — Contributor — 105 copies
Granta 11: Greetings From Prague (1984) — Contributor — 60 copies
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) — Contributor — 60 copies


Common Knowledge



VictorHalfwit | 1 other review | Jan 13, 2024 |
This is a very well written book with many themes, not all of which are totally completed in this very long book. There are many characters and many people with similar names. I did not take the time to know the details about everyone, as I read this mainly for Dorfman's ideas. His care for all humans was refreshing and very evident. His intelligence and knowledge of what best to do with a variety of people was also humbling. The very sad part of this book is how close we may be today to living in an autocracy, where our constitution will have no weight.… (more)
suesbooks | 1 other review | Jan 8, 2024 |
interesting book. definitely one of my favourite works off cultural studies I 've seen. written in an anti imperialist context it looks at how Disney comics uphold bourgeois ideas about where wealth comes from, for example,that support capitalist ideas in children. notably,Disney's treatment of indigenous populations is shown to be horrifying and completely support white saviour myths and romantic ideas of colonialism. also talked about is how Disney restricts childhood imagination to consumption and money,and the peculiar lack of women and mothers. it sometimes overeggs it a bit and could have done with more detail about the comic form particularly but it's definitely a fascinating work of cultural analysis that may not be essential or completely empirical but is a truly revolutionary look at media that's useful for anyone trying to make sense of media themselves… (more)
tombomp | 6 other reviews | Oct 31, 2023 |
The authors do an excellent job of revealing the ideology baked into Disney comics and arguing why it's objectionable. The perspective of a South American reader is very interesting; it must have been incredibly galling to be lectured by these ducks embodying the limited and cruel worldview of the very people meddling with your country at that moment.

They keep a lively sense of fun throughout what would otherwise have been a bit of a slog. Ridicule is an entirely appropriate response to being bombarded by the kind of messaging represented by the Donald Duck comics.… (more)
NickEdkins | 6 other reviews | May 27, 2023 |



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