Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas

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Grove Press, 2001 - Drama - 131 pages
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Winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature, Dario Fo is one of the world's most important contemporary playwrights, forging subversive comedy, clowning, unusual linguistic experimentation, and brilliant playwriting into a comedy of complete originality. In a first-person monologue that bends and mutates language and historical fact, Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas is a brilliant, vividly imagined retelling of Christopher Columbus's voyage to America. Told by a last-minute conscript assigned to clean the shipboard pig stalls, who goes on to be adopted by a tribe of Indians and help them fight conquistadors, it posits a riotous alternate history in which the dynamics between native and white, male and female, history and comedy are never what they seem.

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Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo was born in San Giano, Lombardy, Italy on March 24, 1926 and educated at Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. In June of 1954, he married playwright and actress, Franca Rame; they have three children. Fo has written more than 40 plays, many of which have been translated and performed in more than 30 countries worldwide. He first earned acclaim as a playwright in 1953 with Il dito nell'occhio (A Finger in the Eye). He also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. Some of his more recent titles in English translation are The Open Couple and an Ordinary Day (1990), The Pope and the Witch (1993), and (with Rame) Plays, Two (1994).

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