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Description - Life is a Dream by Calderon de la Barca

Considered one of the outstanding Spanish dramas of all time, this 17th-century allegory explores the mysteries of human destiny, the illusory nature of existence, and the struggle between predestination and free will.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143104827
ISBN-10: 0143104829
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Pages: 132
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Calderon de la Barca

Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681), Spanish dramatist, last important figure of the Spanish Golden Age. His more than 100 plays were carefully contrived, subtle, and rhetorical. His finest work is in his more than 70 autos sacramentales (one-act religious plays), among them El divino Orfeo and A Dios por razon de estado [to God for reasons of state]. Of his philosophical dramas the best known are El magico prodigioso [the wonderful magician] and La vida es sueno [life is a dream], which deals with the themes of fate, prognostication, and free will. Gragary J. Racz is associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Long Island University, Brooklyn. His translation of the mock-Renaissance farce Rigmaroles appeared in Three Comedies, his edited volume of plays by the contemporary Spanish dramatist Jaime Salom. Racz has published works by the Cuban writer Jose Lezama Lima, the Peruvian Eduardo Chirinos, and the Argentine experimental XUL group.