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Ariel Dorfman Summary

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The Ariel Dorfman Study Pack contains about 153 pages of study material in 28 products, including:

Essays & Analysis (28)

2,130 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following interview, Dorfman discusses the themes and narrative voice of The Last Song of Manuel Sendero and Mascara. It is the dubious distinction of the 20th century to have created a vast li... Read more
584 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Stavans lauds the powerful ambiguity of Dorfman's narrative in Death and the Maiden, arguing that the play is “full of action and disarming ideas.” The Ch... Read more
4,260 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following interview, Dorfman discusses the challenges of being a bilingual writer, the influence of his Jewish background on his work, and the role of memory, suffering, and justice in his fict... Read more
8,733 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, Gregory investigates the influence of Harold Pinter on Dorfman's work, concluding that the two writers both focus heavily on “issues of the interaction of politic... Read more
522 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, McMurray criticizes Dorfman's confusing and overly obtuse narrative structure in Konfidenz. A native of Chile residing in the United States, Ariel Dorfman is one of Lat... Read more
692 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Nash compliments Dorfman's “chilling” portrayal of political oppression in Reader, drawing parallels to the plot of Death and the Maiden. Ariel Dorfman, a... Read more
4,523 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Crnkovic presents a critical analysis of director Roman Polanski's film adaptation of Death and the Maiden, discussing how the director interpreted both the original pla... Read more
657 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, France regards Heading South, Looking North as an autobiographical reflection “on the nature of language and identity.” Ariel Dorfman's new autobiography ... Read more
737 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, France laments Dorfman's unfocused narrative in The Nanny and the Iceberg, calling the novel “confused, over-long and often clumsy.” Ariel Dorfman is a Ch... Read more
732 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Butt derides Dorfman's complex and overworked language in The Nanny and the Iceberg. This novel is neither serious nor funny. The portrayal of the anti-hero's fa... Read more
344 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Peaco argues that, despite the novel's “promising” subject material, The Nanny and the Iceberg suffers from Dorfman's “inelegant treatment o... Read more
899 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Pineda finds Mascara to be an inventive and successful thriller, comparing Dorfman favorably to Franz Kafka and Kobo Abe. So we're finally going to meet, Doctor. Face t... Read more
308 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, McClennen praises Dorfman's literary experimentation in The Nanny and the Iceberg but notes that the nontraditional narrative “wavers on the absurd.” The ... Read more
8,522 words, approx. 29 pages
In the following essay, Morace traces the initial success and eventual decline in popularity of Death and the Maiden, arguing that the several celebrity-driven adaptations of the play have ultimately ... Read more
1,007 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review of The Nanny and the Iceberg, Mujica maintains that Dorfman presents“ample food for thought in a rich, complex, and sometimes hilarious text.” In his convoluted b... Read more
1,503 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following excerpt, Schwartz regards Blake's Therapy as a “nightmarish social parable.” In a 1989 interview in Salmagundi, the Chilean writer and political activist Ariel Do... Read more
444 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Post contends that Dorfman constructs a playful and effective narrative in Blake's Therapy and notes that the novel solidifies “Dorfman's place within the... Read more
491 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Grecco asserts that, despite its admirable subject matter, Speak Truth to Power is “dramaturgically inert and does little to further the cause to which it aspires. ... Read more
309 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, the critic commends Exorcising Terror as an “accessible” and “powerful” look at modern Chilean politics. Acclaimed Chilean novelist Dorfman (Blake&... Read more
630 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Hernandez compliments Dorfman's timely examination of ethics and corporate politics in Blake's Therapy. Ariel Dorfman is not only a master of fiction but a maste... Read more
500 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Lindstrom praises the poetry collected in In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land: New and Collected Poems from Two Languages, asserting that the volume presents “distinguish... Read more
905 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Nieto comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the stories collected in My House Is on Fire, noting that all of the stories “reflect the omniscient presence of a rep... Read more
3,493 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, Hassett explores how Dorfman utilizes memory as a source of dramatic and emotional conflict in Viudas, La última canción de Manuel Sendero and “La batalla ... Read more
700 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Kanfer presents a negative critical reading of Death and the Maiden, maintaining that the play “has no armature, no catharsis, no revelation, no real ending.” In... Read more
491 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Byrne praises Dorfman's fragmentary narrative in Hard Rain, calling the work a “brilliant anti-novel.” “All you need are a body, a killer, and a de... Read more
782 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Weales argues that, despite Dorfman's “elegant” plot, Death and the Maiden fails to engage the audience or make the characters and plot believable. Somewh... Read more
439 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Kauffmann laments the lack of resolution in Death and the Maiden, noting that the American actors are “miscast” as South Americans. Having cleared my throat by q... Read more
381 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following excerpt, Hopkinson commends the emotional range of the stories in My House Is on Fire and praises Dorfman's attention to detail in his short fiction. For decades, publishers ha... Read more
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