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The Father : Plays for Performance - August Strindberg

The Father

Plays for Performance

Paperback Published: 19th May 1992
ISBN: 9780929587868
Number Of Pages: 108

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By far Strindberg's most aggressive work, The Father is a feverish nightmare of the struggle he saw between defiant masculinity and the "treacherous weakness" of woman. No matter how paranoid he may seem on the surface, Strindberg manages to anticipate most of the issues arousing women today, particularly the idea that marriage is motivated by politics as much as by romance. The prize in the war between the Captain and Laura is their daughter Bertha, and what must be resolved is which of her parents will determine her future.

Despite its domestic setting, The Father is a large-scale heroic drama, with two mighty opponents. "There are large forces at work here, which rattle the walls of the bourgeois drawing room, " Robert Brustein writes in his introduction. "And the unconscious strains of paranoia, hallucination, even dementia, associated with Expressionist drama, are never too far from the surface."

Mr. Brustein's adaptation takes account of modern feminist sensibilities without diminishing The Father's relentless power and furious conclusion.

Industry Reviews

Attractively printed with brightly colored covers..... Whatever is currently on your library's shelves, these adaptations would be an exciting addition.--Kliatt

ISBN: 9780929587868
ISBN-10: 0929587863
Series: Plays for Performance
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 108
Published: 19th May 1992
Publisher: IVAN R DEE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 14.53  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.15