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Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss

Marat/Sade (edition 1969)

by Peter Weiss

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Authors:Peter Weiss
Info:Marion Boyars Publishers (1969), Paperback
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The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade by Peter Weiss


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  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
I like my plays with more plot. But this was very moving. Dischordant and confusing and ikky, but moving... ( )
  atreic | Feb 18, 2015 |
O que é uma banheira de sangue
perto do sangue que ainda há de correr
Um dia pensamos que algumas centenas de mortos seriam o bastate
depois vimos que mesmo milhares eram insuficientes
E hoje não podem mais ser contados
ali e em todo lugar
em todo lugar
Ouço o clamor dentro de mim
Eu sou a Revolução."
Olhai-os Marat
olhai os antigos donos de todos os bens do mundo
como transformaram em triunfo a sua queda
Agora que lhes roubaram todos os prazeres
O cadafalso guarda-os de tédio infindo
Felizes sobem as escadas
como se subissem ao trono
Não é o cúmulo da corrupção"
Pobre Marat em tua casa cercada
estás adiantado um século de nós
Enquanto tine a lâmpada lá fora
e tuas palavras se decompõe
escorre-se em sangue
toda a verdade que aprendeste," ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
I saw this play years ago, and I still remember it as one of the most powerful plays I've ever encountered on the stage. In all truth, I wasn't sure how well it would hold up in a simple reading, but the themes and language are as powerful and hardhitting as I remember. Of course, the visuals came back to me as I read Weiss's work, so I can't be sure how well the work translates to a reader unfamiliar with the staged production. I can say that, as a creative play on history that interacts with true personalities and philosophies and histories taken directly from the past, this play is unsurpassable, and worth every effort to produce. I've heard there's a phenomenal dvd production of the play, and I plan on looking it up before fully committing to teaching this text--but, in the meantime, if you're a reader of plays or looking for works to produce, you should read this. It may be based in history, but its power and ideas are as relevant now as they were upon Weiss's writing. Absolutely recommended. ( )
1 vote whitewavedarling | May 20, 2011 |
No play by a German since Brecht has enjoyed the success of The Marat/Sade, and its author Peter Weiss has emerged as one of the most remarkable of the post-war generation of German writers. This English version by Geoffrey Skelton and Adrian Mitchell was the text used in Peter Brook’s brilliant production for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which was undoubtedly the theatrical event of 1964 in London, and has now been filmed. It has also been produced all over the world by the most outstanding directors – Konrad Swinarski in Berlin, Ingmar Bergman in Stockholm, Roger Planchon in Paris, etc.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Peter Weissprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brook, PeterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallqvist, Britt G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, AdrianVerse adaptionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peaslee, RichardComposersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sastre, AlfonsoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Skelton, GeoffreyEnglish versionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Voeten, BertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This extraordinary play, which swept Europe before coming to America, is based on two historical truths: the infamous Marquis de Sade was confined in the lunatic asylum of Charenton, where he staged plays; and the revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed in a bathtub by Charlotte Corday at the height of the Terror during the French Revolution. But this play-within-a-play is not historical drama. Its thought is as modern as today's police states and The Bomb; its theatrical impact has everywhere been called a major innovation. It is total theatre: philosophically problematic, visually terrifying. It engages the eye, the ear, and the mind with every imaginable dramatic device, technique, and stage picture, even including song and dance. All the forces and elements possible to the stage are fused in one overwhelming experience. This is theatre such as has rarely been seen before. The play is basically concerned with the problem of revolution. Are the same things true for the masses and for their leaders? And where, in modern times, lie the borderlines of sanity?

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The infamous Marquis de Sade, confined to an asylum, directs the other inmates in a re-enactment of the bloody assassination of French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat.

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