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Antigone by Jean Anouilh

Antigone (edition 1947)

by Jean Anouilh

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Authors:Jean Anouilh
Info:La Table ronde (1947), Broché, 122 pages
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Antigone by Jean Anouilh

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    raton-liseur: Deux réécritures de mythes grecs, écrites dans le même contexte, celui de l'Occupation pendant la 2nde guerre mondiale. Liberté, choix, responsabilité sont les notions évoquées dans ces deux pièces marquantes.

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I read this book in secondary school for French...
There are still several fragments I know by heart :-)

"C'est vrai, c'était encore la nuit. Et il n'y avait que moi dans toute la campagne à penser que c'était le matin. C'est merveilleux, nourrice. J'ai cru au jour la première aujourd'hui."

And I could read it over and over again...

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  AnneTanne | Jun 19, 2016 |
{the following review is not for this edition but for the 2 editions borrowed from the library in 2016}
Excellent full cast recording in the L.A. TheaterWorks audiobook and the translation by Christopher Nixon was also very good.

Luckily for me I got the audiobook as when I turned to the print edition I had checked out from the library, it turned out to be in French!! My French isn't good enough to have read this alone but was good enough to attempt reading it with the help of an English translation in audio :) It was an interesting experience! The L.A. TheatreWorks audiobook doesn't include stage directions so I would pause momentarily while I read these.

One thing that I noticed is that while Creon talks to Antigone in the familiar (tu), she responds to him in the formal (vous). This difference gives a spin to their relationship which cannot easily be duplicated in English.

Reading this knowing that it was written & first performed in Vichy France gives certain phrases and actions a special significance. However, even without that Anouilh's version of this story had some interesting twists to Sophocles' original. Creon is a more ambivalent character; he seems more reasonable, more caring and less stubborn than the one in either the Sophocles or Heaney versions. Antigone's relationships with Haemon (Creon's son) and her sister Ismene are both expanded but her motivation for her actions in this version is much more murky. By lessening the contrast between the 2 characters you would expect that the tension would be less but Anouilh manages to make their confrontation even more heartbreaking as it has overtones of a family feud (and of course, if you read into it Creon as the French colloborator acting for the Nazis and Antigone as the Resistance fighter, then the drama is heightened even further). ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 8, 2016 |
Very well done! ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 22, 2016 |
Il existe une version lue par Anouilh à se procurer absolument ! ( )
  jd.crouhy | Sep 7, 2011 |
A beautiful play of bravery. In a short play, it will you amused, happy, sad and crying. If you have never read a play before, this would be a great one to start with. ( )
  Zohrab | Mar 7, 2008 |
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Anouilh, Jeanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bray, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fragnol, LaurencePhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galantiere, LewisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meier, DieterEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jean Anouilh, one of the foremost French playwrights of the twentieth century, replaced the mundane realist works of the previous era with his innovative dramas, which exploit fantasy, tragic passion, scenic poetry and cosmic leaps in time and space. Antigone, his best-known play, was performed in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris and provoked fierce controversy. In his allegorical tale, Antigone defies the tyrant Creon and is sent to her death. Antigone conveyed to Anouilh's compatriots a covert message of heroic resistance to Nazi occupation; but the author's characterisaation of Creon also seemed to exonerate Marshal Petain and his fellow collaborators. More ambivalent than his ancient model, Sophocles, Anouilh uses Greek myth to explore the disturbing moral dilemmas of our times.

Commentary and notes by Ted Freeman.

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Antigone was originally produced in Paris in 1942, when France was occupied by Hitler's Army. It depicts an authoritarian regime mirroring the predicament of the French people of the time. It is based on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles.

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