Ariel Dorfman, 18th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Ariel Dorfman

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chrysler Museum

Author/Artist Bio

Born in Argentina, Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean citizen who was forced into exile after the coup of 1973 that overthrew Salvador Allende. He is the author of the nonfiction books How to Read Donald Duck and The Empire’s Old Clothes; the novels Konfidenz, Mascara, The Last Song of Manuel Sendero, and Widows; short story collection, My House is on Fire; and a collection of poems, Last Waltz in Santiago. Dorfman’s books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. His play, Death and the Maiden, first performed in England in 1991, received the Time Out award as Best Play of the Year and the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award as Best Play of the Year. Juliet Stevenson received the same two awards as Best Actress. In the United States, Glenn Close won a Tony Award for Best Actress on Broadway in the same role. Recently, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Stuart Wilson along with director Roman Polanski have made Death and the Maiden into a film released in the United States in December of 1994. Mr. Dorfman, who is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, and The Nation lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he teaches at Duke whenever possible.


Dorfman read on Thursday, October 5,1995 at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia at 8 p.m.


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