Tense and tightly woven, Konfidenz is a dramatic vel set in Paris during World War II about a woman whose lover is accused of working for the Resistance. The vel follows nine hours of phone conversations between a woman and a mysterious stranger who seems to kw everything about her and the reasons why she fled her homeland. As the dialogue progresses, the man tells her many disturbing things about her and her lover (who may be in great danger), the political situations in which they are enmeshed, and his fantasies of her. Powerful and menacing, Konfidenz draws the reader into a post-modern mystery where thing - including the text itself - is what it seems.
Ariel Dorfman was born on 6 May 1942. He is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. One of his plays, Death and the Maiden, has won the Laurence Olivier award. A citizen of the US since 2004, he has been a professor of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina since 1985.