Pedro and the Captain: A Play in Four Parts
"A gripping dialogue between a torturer and his victim, Pedro and the Captain takes place in an interrogation room, where lives are deconstructed by the violent hand of the terrorist state. Torture, the awesome force that mediates the action, never appears directly on the scene; likewise, the repressive state is never named. Benedetti captures the essence of this dehumanizing practice without assigning it precise location or time, which speaks to the universality of the abomination, whether in Uruguay's La Libertad or the USA's Abu Ghraib." "In this compelling story one man begins life as a decent fellow and is converted into a torturer, and another, an ordinary guy with leftist political ideals, rises to the stature of martyr, preferring death over betrayal of his comrades. Benedetti's play unpacks its deep political and psychological insights with intensity, delivering humor amid great sadness, beauty together with wretchedness, and amazing commentaries on the human condition that mark this as a work of great literature." --Book Jacket.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
able Adrianne Aron alias Beatriz alive already anyway Argentina Aurora beat the shit Bernardi body Captain enters Captain looks CAPTAIN Pedro CAPTAIN Yes cattle prod chair Changing his tone Colonel comrades crying Dan Mitrione dead death El Salvador electric prod electricians everything exile face feel Fermin fucked give going to believe Guatemala Guatemalans guys haiku Haiti hand hate hood human rights interrogation keep quiet knees last name laughing live Magdalena Mario Benedetti mean military dictatorship mouth move never night Okay pauses PEDRO CAPTAIN Pedro Nothing Left Pedro remains motionless PEDRO Yes Pedroy el Capitdn person physical political political asylum pretty prisoner psychologist remember repression Rosario sadist Salvador sensitive spots speak survivors Tacho talk tell terror there's thing tion torture chamber trauma trying turn underground name understand Uruguay's victim waterboarding What's who's wife worry