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The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage

by Tom Stoppard

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Stoppard’s "The Coast of Utopia" is a stage trilogy on the daunting topic of Russian intelligentsia in the age of Socialism. It is confusing and exhilarating and painful and so very well written (and almost compulsively readable). Though each play is said to be self-contained, they also feed upon each other and together form a complete picture. The story begins in the "Voyage" and narrows its focus to the character of Herzen in "Shipwreck." "Salvage" offers a glimpse of what life must have been like for these men and women who spent so much of their time moving toward the future only to come to the end and wonder at what they also left behind. ( )
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Tom Stoppard’s magnificent trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, was the most keenly awaited and successful drama of 2007. Now “Stoppard’s crowning achievement” (David Cote, Time Out New York) has been collected in one volume, with an introduction by the author, and includes the definitive text used during Lincoln Center’s recent celebrated run. The Coast of Utopia comprises three sequential plays that chronicle the story of a group of friends who come of age under the Tsarist autocracy of Nicholas I, and for whom the term “intelligentsia” was coined. Among them are the anarchist Michael Bakunin, who was to challenge Marx for the soul of the masses; Ivan Turgenev, author of some of the most enduring works in Russian literature; the brilliant, erratic young critic Vissarion Belinsky; and Alexander Herzen, a nobleman's son and the first self-proclaimed socialist in Russia, who becomes the main focus of this drama of politics, love, loss, and betrayal. In The Coast of Utopia, Stoppard presents an inspired examination of the struggle between romantic anarchy, utopian idealism, and practical reformation in what The New York Times calls “brilliant, sprawling . . . a rich pageant.”

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This work comprises three sequential but self-contained plays, 'Voyage', 'Shipwreck' and 'Salvage'. They tell an epic story of romantics and revolutionaries caught up in the struggle for political freedom in an age of emperors.

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