Don Juan

Don Juan

by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, Neil Bartlett

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ISBN-13: 9781849439541
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication date: 10/11/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Director Neil Bartlett’s translations include plays by Molière, Racine, Marivaux, Labiche and von Kleist. Adaptations include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Camille. Oberon Books also publishes Solo Voices and Queer Voices, two collections of his monologues, and his plays In Extremis and Or You Could Kiss Me, both of which were first staged at the National Theatre.

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Alixtii on LibraryThing 17 days ago
A classic play, Don Juan is at once a morality tale in which the libertine anti-hero is haunted by a former victim and finally ends in his rightful place in Hell--which is what let Moliere get away with producing it in the first place--and a delightfully subversive comedy in which the devil gets all the best lines (well, in truth, the best lines go to Don Juan's servant, the role which Moliere wrote for himself) and we find ourselves rooting for the deliciously amoral, womanizing Don Juan the whole time despite ourselves. There are plenty of plays from this period which attempt this balance--titilating but ultimately at least ostensibly supportive of the sexually repressive status quo--and fail, but in Moliere's hands the play never once hits a sour note. Instead, we are provided with some of the most crackling, wittiest dialogue to be found in French literature of this era, and a closing monologue which is nothing less than a work of genius.