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Ghosts: WITH A Public Enemy

AND When We Dead Wake

By Henrik Ibsen, Peter Watts (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 304 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 25 January 1973
The plays in this volume focus on the family and how it struggles to stay together by telling lies - and exposing them. In "Ghosts", Osvald Alving returns home only to discover the truth about the father he always looked up to, and learns the horrific effect his father's debauchery has had on him. It was Ibsen's most provocative drama, stripping away the surface of a middle-class family to expose layers of hypocrisy and immorality. "A Public Enemy" sets two brothers against each other when one wishes to make public the facts about the polluted water in the public baths of their home town. And "When We Dead Wake" tells of an artist meeting an old lover by chance and rejecting his wife, in a symbolic exploration of Ibsen's own literary life and the sacrifices he made in his work.

About the Author

Henrik Ibsen was born Norway in 1828. One of the first writers to dramatise the individual's alienation from society. He is recognised as one of Europe's greatest dramatists and is called 'The Father of Modern Drama'. Peter Watts is a journalist and translator.

EAN: 9780140441352
ISBN: 0140441352
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Dimensions: 19.74 x 13.16 x 1.85 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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