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Rhinoceros, The Chairs, The Lesson



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Author: Ionesco, Eugene
ISBN: 9780141184296
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2000
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 8mm
Format: Paperback / softback

These three great plays by one of the founding fathers of the theatre of the absurd, are alive and kicking with tragedy and humour, bleakness and farce. In Rhinoceros we are shown the innate brutality of people as everyone, except for Berenger, turns into clumsy, unthinking rhinoceroses. The Chairs depicts the futile struggle of two old people to convey the meaning of life to the rest of humanity, while The Lesson is a chilling, but anarchically funny drama of verbal domination. In these three ‘antiplays’ dream, nonsense and fantasy combine to create an unsettling, bizarre view of society.