Death and the Maiden
by Ariel Dorfman
This “relentlessly paced, moral thriller” award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been appointed to head the Commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car brakes down during a storm and he is picked up by the kind Dr Roberto Miranda. But in the voice of Dr Miranda, Gerardo’s wife, Paulina Salas, thinks she recognises the man who years earlier had raped and tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention centre. Paulina takes him captive to determine the truth.