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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (947 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ariel Dorfman Narrator: John Kapelos, John Mahoney, Carolyn Seymour, Kristoffer Tabori Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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Suspense mounts when Paulina and her husband offer hospitality to a stranger. Paulina thinks she recognizes, in their guest, the man who tortured her in prison, and she subsequently takes him hostage to find out the truth.

A stunningly blunt and compelling play, Death and the Maiden explores brilliantly the issues of torture, power, vulnerability, ethics, and trust. An award-winning play by Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman, forced into exile in 1973. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 2/19/2014

    " I think this play summarizes in a nutshell the severe emotional trauma that South American dictatorships wrought upon the continent, even if it's just about post-Pinochet Chile. The ultimate moral dilemma, and a discussion of who deserves to die, or mete out death as a punishment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Snoozie Suzie | 2/19/2014

    " This play (and I listened to it as a play) twisted and turned in ways I didn't expect, but I didn't enjoy it. The topic is a sensitive one, and this is a good reaction to 'the happening' yet I just couldn't get myself involved. Perhaps reading it would give me a different outcome, but I have too many other books to read so I doubt I will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amauri | 2/18/2014

    " This book is very astonoshing representing what occured in chile while pinochet took over. I think paulina well represented all the people that got kidnapped and put through severe conditions "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 2/14/2014

    " Went in directions I didn't expect. I haven't read many plays in my time, but this one is short and easy to read. The story is pretty disturbing but definitely an interesting character study and the ending is one that you could discuss with friends for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett.k | 1/31/2014

    " Great quick read. One train ride, an office visit later, and I was impressed. What is truth and what is fiction? What is justice and who determines it? Who is them and who is us? Is reconciliation possible? Great questions and great discussion through this wonderful piece of literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Asbun | 1/25/2014

    " DRAMA PSICOLOGICO "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent portrayal of the social challenges of post- conflict justice reform. A very passionate read. Set in Chile! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Marie Jenkins | 1/11/2014

    " In pre-production "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 12/30/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 12/23/2013

    " What Dorfman has created is overpowering, but in a really good way. Issues like oppressive, manipulative governments, injustice, and rape need to be addressed where they are otherwise ignored and "not appropriate to talk about" when things like that actually happen all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadie | 12/4/2013

    " This is one of the best things I have ever read. EVER. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much without Ruth Wood's insight about the surrounding politics, but it was fantastic and horrible. Feminists (male or female) would probably like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 9/24/2013

    " Above everything, the story is disturbing, turbulent, and confusing -- the perfect atmosphere for an allegory of Pinochet's regime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana Lam | 9/12/2013

    " Super short play about three people in a newly democratized Latin American nation. Great insight into memory, vengeance, democratization, historical redemption. Wish I'd seen a performance of it, though, especially for the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethann | 6/5/2013

    " Very interesting. Would love to see it on stage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika Forth | 5/21/2013

    " Powerful. A must-read for anyone interested in human rights. The movie version is good but doesn't follow the dialogue all that exactly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ohyassi | 9/9/2012

    " The movie with sigourney weaver and ben kingsley is great, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolina | 5/13/2012

    " Touching play about a woman who meets with her former torturer. It is psychologically a hard book, but reveals the wounds left by a time when torture was used in my country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/11/2012

    " This play was intense, and I enjoyed it a lot. It left a lot of questions unanswered, but I think it was better that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/19/2011

    " I've never seen this performed (though I did see the movie), but the reading experience was visceral. I should re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 9/11/2011

    " This is very painful to read. I wrote an essay on torture and sexual difference as seen in this play. My sympathies changed so many times when reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jennifer | 5/2/2011

    " Very intense. Deals with the after-effects of being tortured. Is very challenging and makes you think about those experiences in ways you might not have otherwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 emily amraee | 4/1/2011

    " namyeshnameyee maroof dorfman dar tehran ba tarjomeye tinoosh nazmjoo be farsi tarjomee shode ast va nashree mahriz montasher karde astt .dorfman dar in namyeshnamee az kinehayee harf mizanad ke bad az pinoshee hamchenan bar del asibdidegan on roozegar baghi mande astt "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 2/1/2011

    " Above everything, the story is disturbing, turbulent, and confusing -- the perfect atmosphere for an allegory of Pinochet's regime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika (YAlitcrave) | 12/9/2010

    " Powerful. A must-read for anyone interested in human rights. The movie version is good but doesn't follow the dialogue all that exactly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana | 6/16/2010

    " Super short play about three people in a newly democratized Latin American nation. Great insight into memory, vengeance, democratization, historical redemption. Wish I'd seen a performance of it, though, especially for the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 heather | 3/1/2010

    " read for my graduate research course: human rights in latin american literature.

    everyone should read this play. ariel dorfman is among my favorite writers of all time. he has a wonderful way of asking deep questions and refusing to give simplistic answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolina | 10/4/2009

    " Touching play about a woman who meets with her former torturer. It is psychologically a hard book, but reveals the wounds left by a time when torture was used in my country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amauri | 4/29/2009

    " This book is very astonoshing representing what occured in chile while pinochet took over. I think paulina well represented all the people that got kidnapped and put through severe conditions "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 4/15/2009

    " Went in directions I didn't expect. I haven't read many plays in my time, but this one is short and easy to read. The story is pretty disturbing but definitely an interesting character study and the ending is one that you could discuss with friends for a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 2/13/2009

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 1/21/2009

    " Excellent portrayal of the social challenges of post- conflict justice reform. A very passionate read. Set in Chile! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/1/2008

    " I've never seen this performed (though I did see the movie), but the reading experience was visceral. I should re-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 8/17/2008

    " This play was intense, and I enjoyed it a lot. It left a lot of questions unanswered, but I think it was better that way. "

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