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These 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 Details

ISBN: 9780141184296
ISBN-10: 0141184299
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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