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On a Caribbean island, the morning after a full moon, Felix Hobain tears through the market in a drunken rage. Taken away to sober up in jail, all that night he is gripped by hallucinations: the impoverished hermit believes he has become a healer, walking from village to village, tending to the sick, waiting for a sign from God. In this dream, his one companion, Moustique, wants to exploit his power. Moustique decides to impersonate a prophet himself, ignoring a coffin-maker who warns him he will die and enraging the people of the island. Hobain, half-awake in his desolate jail cell, terrorized by the specter of his friend's corruption, clings to his visionary quest. He will try to transform himself; to heal Moustique, his jailer, and his jail-mates; and to be a leader for his people. Dream on Monkey Mountain was awarded the 1971 Obie Award for a Distinguished Foreign Play when it was first presented in New York, and Edith Oliver, writing in The New Yorker, called it "a masterpiece."
Three of Derek's Walcott's most popular short plays are also included in this volume: Ti-Jean and His Brothers; Malcochon, or The Six in the Rain; and The Sea at Dauphin. In an expansive introductory essay, "What the Twilight Says," the playwright explains his founding of the seminal dramatic company where these works were first performed, the Trinidad Theatre Workshop.
First published in 1970, Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays is an essential part of Walcott's vast and important body of work.
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Since 1961, Derek Walcott has been director of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, as well as its chief playwright. The appearance of his first collection of plays, which has had several printings since 1970, was a literary event. Dream on Monkey Mountain won the Obie Award for a Distinguished Foreign Play, when produced in New York in 1971, and was deemed "a masterpiece" by Edith Oliver in The New Yorker.
"Dream on Monkey Mountain is a poem in dramatic form or a drama in poetry, and poetry is rare in the modern theatre. Every line of it plays...there is a sound psychological basis for every action and emotion."--Edith Oliver, The New Yorker
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Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1972. Condition: Good. 1St Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP86914962
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1972. Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. , 500grams, ISBN:0224006266. Seller Inventory # 6768662
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1972. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First UK edition. 326pp. Fore-edge quite heavily foxed, a little browned, very good in hardback, cloth slightly soiled, dustwrapper browned with several small tears to top edge. Seller Inventory # 42691
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1972. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First UK Edition. In salmon pink cloth with gilt titles on spine. With orange and black pictorial endpapers. In an unclipped white dust jacket with black illustration and orange and black titles. 326 pages. Book is near fine, clean and unmarked and free from inscriptions. Dust jacket is very good with a tiny amount of shelf-wear to top edge. All proceeds from the sale of this item go to Amnesty International. Size: 8" x 5 1/4". Seller Inventory # 004611