Ariel Dorfman

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Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman (born May 6, 1942 in Buenos Aires , Argentina ) is a Chilean author , playwright , essayist and human rights activist.


After his birth, his family moved to the USA and finally to Chile in 1954. Dorfman attended the University of Chile, where he later became a professor.

From 1970 to 1973 he worked for the government of then President Salvador Allende . He was forced into exile in the United States by the bloody military coup under Augusto Pinochet in 1973.

He has been teaching at Duke University of North Carolina since 1985 , where he is professor of Latin American Studies and the Walter Hines Page Research Professorship of Literature.

Since the restoration of democracy in Chile in 1990, Dorfman has shared the center of his life between Santiago de Chile and the USA.

His work often deals with the horrors of tyranny and, in later works, with the traces of exile. Its probably best-known work Death and the Maiden ( Death and the Maiden / La muerte y la doncella to have been) is about the encounter of a former torture victim with the man whom she believes tortured. It was the 1994 Roman Polanski with Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley filmed .

When Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London in 1998, he followed the trials against him in London and Santiago de Chile; he reported extensively on this, including for the Spanish newspaper El País . He also wrote the book Conquering Terror: The Long Shadow of Augusto Pinochet on that very subject.

In 2001 Dorfman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences .


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