But, of course, writer-activist Ariel Dorfman is no coward, and it's a relief to report that his new drama, while grim, is neither interminable nor. Ariel Dorfman's Purgatorio is a claustrophobic two-hander about revenge and redemption, with echoes of Jean-Paul Sartre's play Huis Clos and Euripides'. 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.
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Tristram Kenton As a Chilean writer, Ariel Dorfman is understandably obsessed with revenge and forgiveness.
Having dealt with those questions in blisteringly realistic terms in Death and the Maiden, he now purgatorio ariel dorfman them expressionistically in Purgatorio.
But while the result displays Dorfman's formidable dramatic intelligence, I was left pining for more circumstantial detail. The setting is a stark, white room occupied by two characters, simply called Man and Woman.
What exactly is their relationship? Since he wears a white coat and she sports neutral black, they might be analyst and patient. Everything I have written since then has deepened this exploration.
Although the place I have imagined is not quite the Christian Purgatory, and certainly not Purgatorio ariel dorfmaninasmuch as there seems to be no God who can deliver these two from each other purgatorio ariel dorfman fact, it seems to echo Buddhism, if anything at allI loved the idea of calling it Purgatorio, also a name that works in many languages, another thing I am fascinated with as a bilingual author.
The will to freedom from this lies not, one concludes, in independent choice but in an interdependent surrendering of resentment.
Resentment is the sticking point before forgiveness and this is purgatory of the title. Purgatorio reacquaints us with the tragedy of Jason and Medea. Through Dorfman's evocative language and keen understanding of humanity, we see the story anew through his purgatorio ariel dorfman lens.