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THREE PLAYS (Oxford World´s Classics New Edition)


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Jazyk: angličtina
Publikováno: 2014
Formát: brožovaná; 240 stran kniha
Cena: 255 Kč běžně 283 Kč
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A new translation and unique selection of three plays by this major modern European playwright. Includes the two plays that established Pirandello's reputation as an innovative dramatist - Six Characters in Search of an Author and Henry IV - together with his last unfinished drama, The Mountain Giants, marking his move towards the mythical. Anthony Mortimer's translation combines accuracy, maintaining the original flavour and context, with fluency. The Mountain Giants has a special interest as a reflection of its author's relations with the fascist regime. Includes Pirandello's preface to Six Characters in Search of an Author, an essential critical document for the understanding of his revolutionary play. Substantial introduction places a fresh emphasis on the specifically Sicilian and Italian context of Pirandello's work and the relation between his prose fiction and his achievement as a dramatist. SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR * HENRY IV * THE MOUNTAIN GIANTS Pirandello ranks with Strindberg, Brecht, and Beckett as a seminal figure in modern drama. Innovative and influential, he broke decisively with the conventions of realist theatre to foreground the tensions between art and reality. In his best known play, six characters, imagined but then abandoned by their author, intrude on the rehearsals of a provincial theatre company in an attempt to play out their family drama. In the brilliant Henry IV, a young man believes himself to be the Holy Roman Emperor; attempts to cure him of his delusion have disastrous consequences. The Mountain Giants is Pirandello's last, unfinished masterpiece, in which he moves towards the mythical, and make-believe and real life once more become entangled. The play reflects its author's growing anxiety about the function of art under a fascist regime. This new edition includes Pirandello's important Preface to Six Characters, an essential critical document for understanding the play that made him famous. Anthony Mortimer's lively and performable translations remain scrupulously faithful to the letter and spirit of the originals. Readership: Readers and performers of modern drama, teachers and students of modern drama, comparative literature, European studies, modern Italian literature, and twentieth-century drama.


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  • EAN: 9780199641192

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