Book Review: Ariel Dorfman, WIDOWS

Dorfman’s first novel translated into English, WIDOWS explores the devastating issue of the politically disappeared/ desaparecido. A group of women in an unnamed town in the mountains of Greece (ahem, Chile) gather around the battered body of an unrecognizable man which appears in the river, demanding its release to them for burial by the controlling military government. All of the dozens of women claim the man as one of their own disappeared, which has left the town absent of almost all boys and men. A book that makes you want to yell, laugh, scream, cheer: aloud, all while shaking your fist. An emotionally gut wrenching and important story.


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