El gesticulador

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Cátedra, Jan 1, 2004 - Drama - 217 pages
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Rodolfo Usigli (México D. F. 1905-1979) consagró su vida entera al teatro y luchó por dar a conocer al mundo un teatro mexicano, una " comedia humana " , un fresco de la historia y de la sociedad mexicanas, porque para él era el teatro el mundo y el mundo era el teatro , " y todo lo demás batalla y diálogo " . «El gesticulador» es una de las piezas más representadas del teatro mexicano y la más significativa de esta dramaturgia. Rebasa, sin embargo, su mexicanidad para alcanzar la universalidad mostrando el enfrentamiento entre el hombre y el poder, entre el hombre y la conciencia de su propia existencia. «El gesticulador» pone en escena y en evidencia el poder del lenguaje sobre el mundo, sobre la sociedad, el poder para crear y subvertir la realidad. Nos advierte que la simulación, la afectación, la máscara son los signos clave que muestran el lenguaje, la diferencia entre la intención y el sentido, entre la verdad aparente y la mentira escondida.

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User Review  - Liliana - Goodreads

I loved this play. It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending. Read full review

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User Review  - Evelyn - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading El gesticulador more than I thought I would. One thing that stuck out to me was how Usigli addressed the idea of the Mexican "mask." It feels as if each of the characters, in his or ... Read full review

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Rodolfo Usigli (1905-79) is considered by many to be Mexico's foremost twentieth-century dramatist. The son of recently arrived European ?migr?s, he lived through the Mexican Revolution and shared the populist and reformist ideals that inspired artists and intellectuals of the postrevolutionary period. Usigli, who was also a poet, novelist, and essayist of distinction, created in his plays a probing and far-reaching interpretive vision of Mexican history, institutions, and cultural values. His widely anthologized El gesticulador (The Impostor) and his Corona de sombra (Crown of Shadows) are regarded as classics in both Mexican and Latin American drama. Recognized with the National Prize for Literature in 1972, he was pronounced by Octavio Paz ?the best [Mexican] playwright in this century.?

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