Author Ariel Dorfman discusses the origins of ‘Purgatorio’. Posted by Leon Van Zyl on June 7, Purgatorio is a pivotal work for me. Although it takes up. Two characters – a ‘Man’ and a ‘Woman’ – are trapped in a soul-less white room. Each is interrogated in turn by the other. Each is groping for forgiveness and. Purgatorio [Ariel Dorfman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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A supporter of Salvador Allende, he was forced into exile and has lived in the United States for many years. But, by abstracting moral dilemmas from their political context, Dorfman dilutes his play’s metaphorical power.

Sally Settle rated it liked it Puurgatorio 27, Nick Hern- Purgatory – 47 pages. Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain. Join other followers Search for: That’s my next gig!

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Winston Duke has had quite a year. He also co-created the antiseptic stage design with Nick Schwartz-Hall.

Cansu Dag rated it it was amazing Jul 31, That, however, strikes me as pointlessly self-denying. Since writing his legendary essay, “How to Read Donald Duck”, Dorfman has built up an impressive body of work that has translated into more than thirty languages.


Please fill out this field with valid email address. The will to freedom from this lies not, one concludes, in independent choice but in an interdependent surrendering of resentment. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


They are faced by an inquisitor who must bring the other to full realisation of what they have heinously perpetrated in life. No eBook available Amazon. Account Options Sign in. Jennifer rated it really liked it Nov 13, In Euripides’ Medea, which Dorfman constantly invokes, the heroine’s infanticide is driven by the prospect of political exile. A take on Jason and Medea.

Jesse K rated it really liked it Jul 17, Although the place I have imagined is not quite the Christian Arieel, and certainly not Dantesqueinasmuch as there seems to be no God who can deliver these two from each other in fact, it seems to echo Buddhism, if anything at allI loved the idea of calling it Purgatorio, dofman a name that works in many languages, another thing I am fascinated with as a bilingual author.

Or should we puegatorio redress, judging the past by present-day standards? Olmo Notarianni rated it it was ok Jul 01, I believe that Dorfman tries to say that there is no clear solution for the painful past that this battle will continue forever, that reconciliation is partial.

Is mankind locked into an endless cycle of crime and punishment? The tale of a man and a woman who have entered purgatory – a soul-less white room. Rohan Jha rated it it was amazing Oct 08, With courtiers circling [ Return to Book Page.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. So it feels worthwhile, albeit in a somewhat medicinal way.

Purgatorio by Ariel Dorfman

Gradually, however, the woman is forced to confront her past actions. The setting is a stark, white room occupied by two characters, simply called Man and Woman.

Above all, she has to acknowledge that, after her partner abandoned her to marry another woman, she murdered their two children. He has won various international awards, including two Kennedy Center Theatre Awards. To the contrary, it clips along for a mere 80 minutes and springs from an interesting conceit — the idea of Jason and Medea meeting in the afterlife. Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist.

I have a wide rage of interests, focusing on politics, technology, sociology, art and drugs. While I applaud him for raising the questions, I feel they can’t be abstracted from political reality.