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Description - Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca

The masterwork of Spain's preeminent dramatist-now in a new verse translationLife Is a Dream is a work many hold to be the supreme example of Spanish Golden Age drama. Imbued with highly poetic language and humanist ideals, it is an allegory that considers contending themes of free will and predestination, illusion and reality, played out against the backdrop of court intrigue and the restoration of personal honor.
In the mountainous barrens of Poland, the rightful heir to the kingdom has been imprisoned since birth in an attempt by his father to thwart fate. Meanwhile, a noblewoman arrives to seek revenge against the man who deceived and forsook her love for the prospect of becoming king of Poland. Richly symbolic and metaphorical, Life Is a Dream explores the deepest mysteries of human experience.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143104827
ISBN-10: 0143104829
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 130mm x 24mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Pedro 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.

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