Widows (Paperback)

By Ariel Dorfman, Stephen Kessler (Translator), Sirgud Lohmann (Foreword by)

Seven Stories Press, 9781583224830, 167pp.

Publication Date: July 9, 2002



In this moving novel set in a Greek village in 1942, the corpses of disappeared men wash ashore. The village women claim the bodies as husbands and fathers, even though their faces are unrecognizable. A tug of war ensues between the local police, who insist the women cannot identify their loved ones, and the women, who demand the right to bury their dead. Their standoff becomes a struggle for dignity and honor against the forces of fascism. First published in 1983 and anticipating some of the themes of his award-winning play Death and the Maiden, Widows is Ariel Dorfman's eloquent tribute to those who have perished under totalitarian regimes.

About the Author

ARIEL DORFMAN is considered to be one of "the greatest Latin American novelists" ("Newsweek") and one of the United States' most important cultural and political voices. Dorfman's numerous works of fiction and nonfiction have been translated into more than thirty languages, including "Death and the Maiden," which has been produced in over one hundred countries and made into a film by Roman Polanski. Dorfman has won many international awards, including the Sudamericana Award, the Laurence Olivier, and two from the Kennedy Center. He is distinguished professor at Duke University and lives in Durham, North Carolina.