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. A Chilean-American author born in Argentina, his numerous award-winning works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published in more than fifty languages. His play, Death and the Maiden, which has been performed in over one hundred countries, was made into a film by Roman Polanski. Among his works are the novels Widows, The Nanny and the Iceberg, Mascara and Konfidenz, and the memoirs Heading South, Looking North and Feeding on Dreams, as well the play Manifesto for Another World. He has also published collections of essays, including Homeland Security Ate My Speech: Messages from the End of the World, and Other Septembers, Many Americas. He contributes to major papers worldwide, including frequent comments in The New York Times, The Nation and the New York Review of Books. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Playboy, Index on Censorship and many other magazines and journals. Other works include Darwin's Ghosts, The Rabbit's Rebellion, and Exorcising Terror: The Unending Trial of General Augusto Pinochet. A prominent human rights activist, he lives with his wife Angélica in Chile and Durham, North Carolina, where he is the Walter Hines Page Emeritus Professor of Literature at Duke University.