Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean-American writer. His books have been published in over 40 languages and his plays staged in more than one hundred countries. He is the author of Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His new novel is Darwin’s Ghosts. His website, including a message to his readers, can be viewed by clicking here

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Is it the punitive incarceration of millions, so many lives wasted? (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Human Zoos in the Age of Trump
When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated...
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
How to Read Donald Trump
The organizers of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville last month knew just what they were doing when they decided to carry torches on their nocturnal march to protest the dethroning of a statue of Robert E. Lee. That brandishing of fire in the night was meant to evoke memories of...
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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt
DURHAM, N.C. — It is familiar, the outrage and alarm that many Americans are feeling at reports that Russia, according to a secret intelligence assessment, interfered in the United States election to help Donald J. Trump become president. I have been through this before, overwhelmed by a similar...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
How to Forgive Your Torturer
What a way to celebrate Torture Awareness Month! According to an Amnesty International Poll released in May, 45% of Americans believe that torture is “sometimes necessary and acceptable” in order to “gain information that may protect the public.” Twenty-nine percent of Britons “strongly or somewhat...
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A Time for Creative Suffering: Martin Luther King’s Words in a Surveillance World
So much has changed since that hot day in August 1963 when Martin Luther King delivered his famous words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A black family lives in the White House and official segregation is a thing of the past.
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Salvador Allende Has Words for Barack Obama from the Other Side of Death
For the last decade, I have been haunted by voices from the other side of death. In this way, back in 2003 I transcribed the words of Pablo Picasso after a tapestry version of his famed painting Guernica at the entrance to the Security Council was covered over at the U.N.
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