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Barker: Plays Six [Kindle Edition]

Howard Barker

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If you buy this collection, do it for (Uncle) Vanya, a dazzlingly intellectual rewrite of the Chekhov 1897 work of the less parenthetic name. At once critical and in awe of the Russian dramatist, Barker interrogates the balance between culture and instinct. His characters are confused by the literary symbolism which surrounds them, hearing the crash of the waves yet unable to place the sea. Tantalisingly erudite, these poetic pieces are certainly worth a read. --Buzz Magazine

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Includes the plays Judith, (Uncle) Vanya, A House of Correction, Let Me and Lot and His God

Barker’s radical rewriting of Chekhov’s classic (Uncle) Vanya brought him more controversy than most of his other works put together. Interrogating not so much Chekhov’s text as the use to which society has put it, Barker turns Vanya’s defeat into victory and converts a play of sadness into a tragedy of desire. A House of Correction is a meditation on cause and effect. Set on the eve of a war which may destroy a society, the seemingly arbitrary arrival of a messenger with a vital communication sets off an agonizing train of events in the lives of three desperate women.

Few works of drama can have plumbed the depths of solitude and rage that characterize Let Me, a nightmare set on the frontiers of the Roman Empire during the barbarian invasions. Biblical narratives serve as the origin of two shorter works, of which Judith is a contemporary classic of cultural conflict, a reinterpretation of the status of the heroine in Israel’s war of survival against the Assyrians. In Lot and His God, the imminent destruction of Sodom simultaneously licenses the moral decay of an angel and the erotic epiphany of an adored wife.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd. (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00802UXOI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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