Caligula & Three Other Plays

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Vintage Books, 1962 - Drama - 302 pages
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CALIGULA, an attractive prince, upon the death of his sister and mistress, tries, through murder and the systematic perversion of all values, to practice a liberty that he will eventually discover not to be the right one. THE MISUNDERSTANDING is about a son who expects to be recognized without having to declare his name and who is killed by his mother and his sister as the result of the misunderstanding. STATE OF SIEGE is an allegorical drama about liberty. THE JUST ASSASSINS is base on historical events in Moscow after WII.

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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

The character of Caligula distills existential nihilism into a single, intense, delta function of angst. If that's your thing this play will really speak to you; if not it might sound a little like ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dergrossest - Goodreads

The Author's preface, which perhaps would have been better positioned as an epilogue so as not to spoil the plots of the 4 plays, provides fair warning that this book is going to be an erudite, but ... Read full review



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Born in 1913 in Algeria, Albert Camus was a French novelist, dramatist, and essayist. He was deeply affected by the plight of the French during the Nazi occupation of World War II, who were subject to the military's arbitrary whims. He explored the existential human condition in such works as L'Etranger (The Outsider, 1942) and Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942), which propagated the philosophical notion of the "absurd" that was being given dramatic expression by other Theatre of the Absurd dramatists of the 1950s and 1960s. Camus also wrote a number of plays, including Caligula (1944). Much of his work was translated into English. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Camus died in an automobile accident in 1960.

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