The House of Bernarda Alba: A Drama about Women in Villages of Spain

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A masterpiece of the modern theater, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA was written in 1936, just before the start of the Spanish Civil War. The play takes place in a small village in southern Spain following the funeral of Bernarda Alba's second husband. After the mourners depart, the tyrannical matriarch announces to her five daughters that their period of mourning will last eight years. Obsessed with family honor, Bernarda rules the household with an iron fist, but all of her daughters secretly harbor a passion for ...
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Overview

A masterpiece of the modern theater, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA was written in 1936, just before the start of the Spanish Civil War. The play takes place in a small village in southern Spain following the funeral of Bernarda Alba's second husband. After the mourners depart, the tyrannical matriarch announces to her five daughters that their period of mourning will last eight years. Obsessed with family honor, Bernarda rules the household with an iron fist, but all of her daughters secretly harbor a passion for Pepe el Romano, the handsomest man in the village. The eldest daughter is engaged to him, but the arrangement is a financial one, and it is the youngest daughter, Adela, who becomes his lover. When the truth finally breaks through the atmosphere of suppressed desire, jealousy, anger and fear, the consequences are tragic. Adela takes her own life and Bernarda makes a desperate attempt to maintain control of her shattered household.
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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Maurer
I am really impressed by this production and as a translator I can say that this is the best translation of BERNARDA ALBA I've ever seen or imagined...it's just splendid. It awakens all of my professional envy.
Lorca scholar and translator
NY Times
The fury and sweep of Ms. Mann's amazing production of Federico Garcia Lorca's amazing play...can knock down the walls and shake the earth.
Star-Ledger
...a riveting new adaptation...THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA is one of the strongest and most fascinating theatrical events of the season.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822216537
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 49
  • Sales rank: 603,924
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    author Garcia Lorca is famous, but this play may not be everyone's cup of tea.

    While the topic may be worthwhile for a discussion group ( I read it for a college literature class), I don't see it as being terribly interesting or entertaining for an individual to read, unless he or she is pursuing this particular issue. The theme of the book concerns a domineering mother who all but keeps her 5 grown daughters under lock and key, not allowing them to become involved in relationships with men. Since the setting is a small village in Spain, perhaps the situation is more common than we know? Relations between the matriarch and her servants are of some interest also. Probably this story would be more interesting presented on stage where the actors could develop more depth for the characters they portray.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2001

    18 year old from HHS reviews:

    'La Casa de Bernarda Alba' is a great play, both when read and seen. It has a lot of symbolism in it and also displays a lot of the oppression that used to go on in the 20th century. Not only is it good symbolically, it's also good historically. It teaches about the culture and moral based lessons that used to be enforced in early Spain. It's a great read and a great play!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    The House of Bernarda Alba

    I really liked this book because it had a lot of symbolism and historical information. I learned a lot about the Spanish culture at the time Lorca wrote The House of Bernarda Alba. I liked it better when I read it in Spanish because you get a lot more out of the symbols and historical references. In either language, it is a really good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2001

    Best translation of 'Bernarda'

    Made to come to life on the stage, this is an excellent translation: attentive to Lorca's imagery and idiom and yet aware of what 'works' and what doesn't, as theater. Better by far than other available translations.

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