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Andromache by Jean Racine
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Andromache (1667)

by Jean Racine

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Clinging to the altar of the sea-goddess Thetis for sanctuary, Andromache delivers the play's prologue, in which she mourns her misfortune (the destruction of Troy, the deaths of her husband Hector and their child Astyanax, and her enslavement to Neoptolemos) and her persecution at the hands of Neoptolemos' new wife Hermione and her father Menelaus, King of Sparta. She reveals that Neoptolemos has left for the oracle at Delphi and that she has hidden the son she bore him (whose name is Molossos) for fear that Menelaus will try to kill him as well as her.… (more)

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This continuation of the Trojan War story is told from so many points of view it can be hard to know who to sympathise with. Orestes and Achilles are typically entitled boys who feel that their love should be sufficient to win them the girl. Hermione is an enigma - either a femme fatale or an engenue. Andromache herself is simply a mother and a widow, trapped by the fall of her city. She has no status, yet she manages to secure her son’s future, partly by selling her own body (yet her decision never bears the inevitable fruit, for her tormentor is killed before any union takes place, leaving her with the benefits of a forced marriage without the attendant horror). ( )
  NKarman | Jan 31, 2018 |
One of the best classical French dramas, I shudder to say it but Racine almost makes Moliere seems like a buffoon.

Andromache is like a classical Greek drama with all the conventions of the tragic events unfolding over a twenty-four hour period. But what makes it so fascinating is how psychologically rich and complex the characters are as they work their way through the very tough situations and choices they face, the ways in which they change their minds back and forth, and ultimately the role that chance and fate play in working together to bring about the ultimate tragedy.

The rhyming verse in the Wilbur translation works really well, as usual, although is a slightly jarring way to hear a tragedy rather than what we normally associate with verse: a comedy. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
One of the best classical French dramas, I shudder to say it but Racine almost makes Moliere seems like a buffoon.

Andromache is like a classical Greek drama with all the conventions of the tragic events unfolding over a twenty-four hour period. But what makes it so fascinating is how psychologically rich and complex the characters are as they work their way through the very tough situations and choices they face, the ways in which they change their minds back and forth, and ultimately the role that chance and fate play in working together to bring about the ultimate tragedy.

The rhyming verse in the Wilbur translation works really well, as usual, although is a slightly jarring way to hear a tragedy rather than what we normally associate with verse: a comedy. ( )
1 vote jasonlf | Mar 27, 2011 |
Classic
  Budzul | May 31, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Racine, Jeanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bakx, Hans W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruneau, CharlesForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunsvick, YvesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crowne, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ginestier, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guirand, FélixEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrie, IvarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Korn, EricTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilbur, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Théâtre complet by Jean Racine

3 Plays: Andromache / Berenice / Britannicus by Jean Racine

Six plays by Corneille and Racine by Pierre Corneille

Théâtre complet I : La Thébaïde, Alexandre le Grand, Andromaque, Les Plaideurs, Britannicus, Bérénice by Jean Racine

Racine : Oeuvres complètes, tome I by Jean Racine

3 Plays: Andromache / Britannicus / Phedre by Jean Baptiste Racine

5 Plays: Andromache / Athalie / Berenice / Britannicus / Phaedra by Jean Racine

3 Plays: Andromache / Britannicus / Iphigenia by Jean Racine

2 Plays: Andromache / Phaedra by Jean Racine

6 Plays: Andromache / Athalie / Berenice / Britannicus / Iphigenie / Phaedra by Jean Racine

3 Plays: Andromache / Athalie / Phaedra by Jean Racine

2 Plays: Andromaque / Britannicus by Jean Racine

Andromaca Ifigenia Fedra by J. Racine

4 Plays: Andromache / Britannicus / Iphigenia / Phedre by Jean Racine

Racine : Oeuvres complètes, tome II by Jean Racine

Théâtre choisi de racine by Jean Racine

Tragedies Choisies De Racine by Jean Racine

Chefs-d'oeuvre de J. Racine: Andromaque - Les Plaideurs by J. Racine

Classiques Larousse : Iphigénie, Andromaque, Britannicus, Iphigénie, Phèdre, Les plaideurs by Jean Racine

3 Plays: Andromache / Athalie / Britannicus by Jean Racine

Fedra ; Andrómaca by Jean Racine

Os demandistas, Andrómaca e Berenice by Jean Racine

Six Tragedies: Andromache, Britannicus, Berrnice, Iphigenia, Phaedra, Athaliah by Jean Racine

Théâtre. 3 volumes complet . tome 1 : la thébaïde - alexandre le grand - andromaque - les plaideurs. tome 2 : britannicus - bérénice - bajazet - mithridate. ... 3 : iphigénie - phèdre - esther - athalie. by Jean Racine

Jean Racine. Andromaque : Tragédie en 5 actes présentée par Yves Brunsvick et Paul Ginestier, accompagnée d'une étude de Charles Bruneau sur la langue de Racine by Jean Racine

Andromaque ... Edited with an introduction and notes by H. R. Roach ... and a note on French versification by R. P. L. Ledésert ... With six illustrations by Jean Racine

Racine : Oeuvres complètes, tome I by Jean Racine

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