Amédée, The New Tenant, Victims of Duty

Three Plays
Author(s): Eugene Ionesco
Genre: Drama
Original Publish Date: Mar 31, 2015
Product Number: EB00640693
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802190789
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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Three hilarious and provocative plays by the absurdist pioneer who remains “one of the most important and influential figures in the modern theater” (Library Journal).The author of such modern classics as The Bald Soprano, Exit the King, Rhinoceros, and The Chairs, Eugene Ionesco's plays have become emblematic of Absurdist theatre and the French avant-garde. This essential collection combines The New Tenant with AmEdEe and Victims of Duty—plays Richard Gilman has called, along with The Killer, Ionesco's “greatest plays, works of the same solidity, fulness, and permanence as [those of] his predecessors in the dramatic revolution that began with Ibsen and is still going on.”In AmEdEe, the title character and his wife have a problem—not so much the corpse in their bedroom as the fact that it's been there for fifteen years and is now growing, slowly but surely crowding them out of their apartment.In The New Tenant, a similar crowding is caused by an excess of furniture—as Harold Hobson said in the London Times, “there is not a dramatist . . . who can make furniture speak as eloquently as Ionesco, and here he makes it the perfect, the terrifying symbol of the deranged mind.”In Victims of Duty, Ionesco parodies the conformity of modern life by plunging his characters into an obscure search for “mallot with a t.”

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