• Un pays, quelque part en Amérique du Sud, qui vient de vivre de nombreuses années sous une dictature militaire, passe douloureusement à un régime démocratique.
    Paulina et Gerardo vivent à l'écart du monde dans une maison retirée au bord de mer. Un soir, Gerardo rentre, accompagné de Roberto Miranda, dont il vient de faire la connaissance. Paulina croit reconnaître en cet homme son tortionnaire et pour dépasser les tortures subies, le prend en otage pour obtenir sa confession.

  • Depuis vingt-cinq ans, Ariel Dorfman n'a cessé de se battre pour dénoncer les crimes du général Pinochet. Les souvenirs de l'écrivain se mêlent au récit du procès contre le dictateur, commencé en 2000, où toutes les puissances concernées s'expriment et réagissent : l'intelligentsia britannique, les Etats-Unis, l'Espagne où la situation reste à double tranchant, tous ceux qui, de par le monde, doivent leur fortune à Pinochet et sont prêts à lui manifester son soutien. Et tous ceux qui ont souffert. Ce procès sans fin aura sans doute permis au peuple chilien de s'accoutumer à la démocratie, et aura apporté la preuve que, lorsqu'un crime contre l'humanité a été commis, le coupable peut être poursuivi où qu'il se cache. C'est aux victimes de la dictature, aux desaparecidos, à ceux qui sont restés silencieux et dont le nom ne figurera jamais sur le gigantesque mur du souvenir, dans le cimetière de Santiago, que ce livre est dédié. Septembre 1973 : par un coup d'Etat, le général Pinochet, commandant en chef des armées nommé par Allende, prend le pouvoir. 1988 : la démocratie est officiellement rétablie au Chili. 1988-1990 : tortures, disparitions et autres crimes se poursuivent sous l'autorité de Pinochet. C'est sur cette période qu'il sera mis en accusation. 1996 : l'avocat Juan Garces, qui a échappé au coup d'Etat, obtient enfin que la Cour Suprême espagnole reçoive l'accusation portée contre Pinochet par la famille de ressortissants espagnols morts au Chili. Le juge Balthasar Garzon demande l'extradition des officiers argentins impliqués dans les crimes contre les Espagnols. 1998 : Pinochet, à bientôt 83 ans, est hospitalisé à Londres. Un magistrat anglais signe le mandat d'arrêt international prononcé contre lui. Pinochet est accusé de génocide et de crimes contre l'humanité. 1999 : après dix-sept mois de détention et de procès, l'extradition est édictée. Pinochet rentre au Chili. 2000 : Pinochet se retrouve enfin face à ses victimes lors du procès, l'immunité parlementaire lui ayant été retirée. Il est assigné à résidence. 2001 : le procès est suspendu pour déficience mentale de l'accusé.

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  • After hearing her husband's rescuer, Paulina Salas believes the humane doctor is the man who tortured her before democracy returned to the country.

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  • Conceived the night of Che Guevara's burial in 1967, Gabriel McKenzie is inextricably bound up in the history and politics of his native Chile. Twenty-four years on, and still a virgin, Gabriel returns from Manhattan exile to confront his legacy: a Don Juan father and a country preparing for the five-hundredth anniversary of America's "discovery." Into Gabriel's quest for manhood and identity enter one iceberg, a faithful if eccentric nanny, and a whole host of fantastical characters.

  • Blake's Therapy is a whirlwind ride through the desires of one man to find something real in a virtual world. After suffering a mental breakdown, Graham Blake checks into the Corporate Life Therapy Institute, where the self-assured, silver-tongued Dr. Carl Tolgate has prepared a strange, shocking, and erotic treatment. Now Blake must find out, before it is too late, who is controlling his life, his company's future, and his own heart.
    A work of intense psychological intrigue, Blake's Therapy holds a magnifying glass to one man's life as it unravels in a world of economic turmoil and spiritual crisis.

  • Renowned author Ariel Dorfman, obsessed for twenty-five years with the malignant shadow General Pinochet cast upon Chile and the world, followed every twist and turn of the four year old trial in Great Britain, Spain and Chile as well as in the U.S., the country that had created Pinochet. Told as a suspense thriller, filled with court-room drama and sudden reversals of fortune, the book at the same time addresses some of today's most burning issues, made all the more urgent after the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001. What are the limits of national sovereignty in a globalizing world? How does an ever more interconnected world judge crimes committed against humanity? What role do memory and pain and the rights of the survivors play in this struggle for a new system of justice? But above all, the author, by listening carefully to the voices of Pinochet's many victims, explores how can we purge ourselves of terror and fear once we have been traumatized, and asks if we can build peace and reconciliation without facing a turbulent and perverse past.

  • In this interlocking prose web of first-person testimony, novelist, poet, and playwright Ariel Dorfman relates the struggles of fifty human rights activists hailing from more than forty countries. Manifesto for Another World features the words and struggles of internationally celebrated activists including Vaclav Havel, Baltasar Garzón, Helen Prejean, and Marian Wright Edelman; and Nobel Prize Laureates the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias Sánchez, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, José Ramos-Horta, and Bobby Muller. Equally moving are the stories of more than thirty others, unknown and (as yet) unsung beyond their national boundaries: Kailash Satyarthi, who has spent a lifetime working to free tens of thousands of victims of child labor in his native India, and Juliana Dogbadzi, who was sold into sexual slavery by her parents at age twelve, escaped after seventeen degrading years, and now is devoted to the liberation of African girls bound in the same terror. From their ranging voices Dorfman culls the message: freedom from persecution, and freedom of opportunity, for all. Manifesto for Another World is both a political testament and a work of art.

  • Mascara delves into the dark terrain of identity and disguise when the lives of three people collide. A nameless man with a face no one remembers has the devastating ability to see and capture on film the brutal truths lurking inside each person he encounters. Oriana, a beautiful woman with the memory of an innocent child, is relentlessly pursued by mysterious figures from her past. Doctor Mavirelli is a brilliant and power-hungry plastic surgeon who controls society's most prominent figures by shaping their faces. The twining of these three fates plays out in a climactic unmasking.

  • Set in a Greek village in 1942, and purportedly written from his imagination by a Danish man before he was picked up by the Gestapo and not seen again, here is Ariel Dorfman's haunting and universal parable of individual courage in the face of political oppression. Widows forms a testament to the disappeared--those living under totalitarian regimes the world over, who are taken away for "questioning" and never return.
    One by one, the bodies of men wash up on the shore of the river, where they are claimed by the women of the local town as husbands and fathers, even though the faces of the dead men are unrecognizable. A tug-of-war ensues between the local police, who insist that the women couldn't possibly recognize their loved ones, and the women demanding the right to bury their beloveds. As it evolves, the stand-off reveals itself to be a power struggle between love, dignity and honor, and the lesser god of brute force. A lesson in how power really works, and how it can be made to work differently.

  • The Norte Grande of Chile, the world's driest desert, had ''engendered contemporary Chile, everything that was good about it, everything that was dreadful,'' writes Ariel Dorfman in his brilliant exploration of one of the least known and most exotic corners of the globe. For 10,000 years the desert had been mined for silver, iron, and copper, but it was the 19th-century discovery of nitrate that transformed the country into a modern state and forced the desert's colonization.
    The mines' riches generated mansions and oligarchs in Chile's more temperate region--and terrible inequalities throughout the country. The Norte Grande also gave birth to the first Chilean democratic and socialist movements, nurturing every major political figure of modern Chile from Salvador Allende to Augusto Pinochet. In this richly layered personal memoir, illustrated with the author's own photographs, Dorfman sets out to explore the origins of contemporary Chile--and, along the way, seek out his wife's European ancestors who came years ago to Chile as part of the nitrate rush. And, most poignantly, he looks for traces of his friend and fellow 1960s activist, Freddy Taberna, executed by a firing squad in a remote Pinochet death camp.
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  • Acclaimed author and human-rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating, for the first time, his profound and provocative journey through revolution and exile.

  • Une extraordinaire histoire d'amitié entre un enfant et un ours. Un récit bouleversant sur l'absence, qui saura toucher les petits comme les plus grands.
    Sami est un petit garçon qui a un don bien particulier : il parle aux animaux.
    Il devient ainsi le meilleur ami d'un ours, avec lequel il va passer une enfance hors du commun... Tout ce que Sami fait, l'ours veut le faire. Même des choses que les ours ne sont pas censés faire... Jusqu'au jour où Sami déménage.
    L'enfant ne sait pas quand il pourra revoir son ami. Il lui promet alors de revenir, mais pas avant très, très longtemps. Pas avant d'avoir une barbe. Les années passent, et l'ours n'oublie pas son ami. Arrive alors un homme avec une belle barbe bouclée : c'est Sami. L'ours croit que les beaux jours sont revenus... mais Sami est malade, et il ne peut pas lui promettre de revenir un jour. Alors l'ours, qui veut toujours faire comme Sami, décide de porter la barbe lui aussi. Mais a-t-on jamais vu un ours se faire pousser la barbe ? Sami va alors raser la sienne et l'offrir à l'ours. Grâce à cette barbe, l'ours n'oubliera jamais Sami. Et lorsque, des années plus tard, la fille de Sami vient voir l'ours et lui raconte sa peine d'avoir perdu son père, l'ours offre à son tour la barbe à la petite fille. Comme l'aurait fait son ami.

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  • "Let me tell you, America, of the hopes I had for you," Dorfman writes after the fall of the Twin Towers, remembering back to an earlier September 11 in 1973, when he was on the staff of Salvador Allende, then president of Chile, the day he was removed from office and murdered in a coup in which the U.S. government was complicit. "Beware the plague of victimhood, America . . . Nothing is more dangerous than a giant who is afraid."
    Included in Other Septembers, Many Americas are major essays about the America south of the border, exploring the ambiguous relationship between power and literature and touching on topics as diverse as bilingualism, barbarians, and video games. In the essay "A Different Drum," Dorfman asks, "Isnyes'>#8217;t it time, as war approaches yet again, to tell each other stories of peace over and over again?" Over and over in these jewellike essays, his best shorter work of the last quartercentury, Dorfman weaves together sentiment and politics with his sense of the larger historical questions, reminding Americans of our unique role in the world, so different from the one put forward by the current administration: the power to resist and to imagine.

  • La muerte y la doncella, la obra latinoamericana mas representada en la historia del mundo, ha llegado a constituirse en un clasico sobre la justicia y el perdon, la memoria y el olvido. Dorfman se ha propuesto a explorar preguntas pocas veces hechas en voz alta: "yes'>#191;Como pueden los represores y los oprimidos cohabitar una misma tierra, compartir una misma mesa?" preguntas que hoy dyes'>#238;a siguen tan vigentes como cuando Dorfman escribia esta obra.

  • A woman seeks revenge when the man she believes to have been her torturer happens to re-enter her life. Years have passed since political prisoner, Paulina, suffered at the hands of her captor: a man whose face she never saw, but whom she can still recall with terrifying clarity. Tonight, by chance, a stranger arrives at the secluded beach house she shares with her husband Gerardo, a human rights lawyer. A stranger Paulina is convinced was her tormentor and must now be held to account... Ariel Dorfman's play premiered at the Royal Court in 1991, and is now recognised as a modern classic. It ran for a year in the West End, was a hit on Broadway and was filmed by Roman Polanski starring Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver. ‘A play that audiences will carry out of the theatre and into life' New York Times

  • « Les lapins n'existent pas. Ainsi l'a décidé le Loup des Loups, Sa Louvitude le nouveau roi. Il décide de cela, et de plein d'autres choses... » Et, histoire de montrer au monde sa toute-puissance, Sa Louvitude fait appel à un vieux singe photographe pour immortaliser chacune de ses décisions. Mais les photos développées laissent apercevoir un petit bout d'oreille. Puis une touffe de poils. Une moitié de museau. Un lapin tout entier ! Comment cacher cette invasion de lapins, alors que les lapins n'existent pas ? Attention, la vengeance poilue est en marche !

  • Les lapins n'existent pas.
    Ainsi l'a décidé Sa Loupissime Majesté, le Roi des Loups. Et gare à ceux qui disent le contraire...