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Rhinoceros, The Chairs, The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco
Book DescriptionThese three great plays by one of the founding fathers of the theatre of the absurd, are alive and kicking with tragedy and humour, bleakness and farce. In Rhinoceros we are shown the innate brutality of people as everyone, except for Berenger, turn into clumsy, unthinking rhinoceroses. The Chairs depicts the futile struggle of two old people to convey the meaning of life to the rest of humanity, while The Lesson is a chilling, but anarchically funny drama of verbal domination. In these three 'antiplays' dream, nonsense and fantasy combine to create an unsettling, bizarre view of society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141184296
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eugene Ionesco
Stories 1, 2, 3, 4, Hardback (February 2012)
Back in print for the first time since the 1970s, these illustrated stories by one of the twentieth century's great playwrights make ideal bedtime reading for young children. The "silly" stories, as Ionesco called them, are accompanied by nearly 100 full-color illustrations, painstakingly restored by the artist for this brand new edition.
Horovitz Plays, Paperback (August 2006)
Five classic plays from the prolific American playwright, including the longest ever running-off-Braodway hit play - Line.
Chairs, Paperback (November 1997)» View all books by Eugene Ionesco
Ionesco's farce combines a comic portrait of human folly with an experiment in theatrical possibilities. In a house on an island a very old couple pass the time with private games and half-remembered stories.
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Author Biography - Eugene Ionesco
Eugene Ionesco's first one-act antiplay, The Bald Soprano, inspired a revolution in dramatic techniques and helped inaugurate the Theatre of the Absurd. He followed it with other one-act plays in which illogical events create an atmosphere both comic and grotesque, including The Lesson. His most popular full-length play was Rhinoceros. He was elected to the Academie Francaise in 1970."
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