A play written by the Argentine-Chilean playwrite and activist, Ariel Dorfman. It tells the story of a woman confronting the man who allegedly took part in her torture under the previous, dictatorial regime. The woman's husband is a magistrate who is leading the commission investigating the human rights violations of the previous regime. The conflict that evolves between the three characters captures most powerfully the dilemmas that people face in countries that are undergoing a transition from periods of mass violence to periods of peace and respect for human rights. A powerful, moving exploration of a question that, perhaps, has no good answer, namely, what to do about the past?
Dorfman, Ariel. Death and the Maiden. New York: Penguin, 1992.
Dorman, Ariel., “Death and the Maiden,” Legacies of the Enlightenment, accessed March 17, 2018, http://enlightenmentlegacies.org/items/show/95.