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The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage


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ISBN 10: 0802140033 / ISBN 13: 9780802140036
Published by Grove Press, New York, 2003
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First Printing, in three volumes, of perhaps the playwright's crowning achievement, preceding the one-volume edition by four years. Small, slim 8vo: xii,[2],114; xii,[4],107,[1]; xiv,[2],120pp. Publisher's forest green, claret, and French blue cloth (respectively), spines stamped gilt, black end papers, without dust jackets (as issued); pictorial, paper-covered stiff board slipcase. A very smart production, As New (pristine). Baker & Wachs A29. Recipient of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play. The title comes from a chapter in Avrahm Yarmolinsky's book Road to Revolution: A Century of Russian Radicalism (1959). "Historical figures again occupy the stage in Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, three sequential "plays of ideas" set in Tzarist Russia, the trilogy exploring key issues of nineteenth-century European revolutionary thinking. . . . The attempt at engineering utopia is deemed a dangerous enterprise, . . . re-establishing a truth well-known to Stoppard's audiences, namely that "Utopia" will always remain the uninhabitable "nowhere". (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1245

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Title: The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, Shipwreck, ...

Publisher: Grove Press, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Edition: First American Edition.

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The Coast of Utopia is Tom Stoppard's long-awaited and monumental trilogy that explores a group of friends who came of age under the Tsarist autocracy of Nicholas I, and for whom the term intelligentsia was coined. Among them are the anarchist Michael Bakunin, who was to challenge Marx for the soul of the masses; Ivan Turgenev, author of some of the most enduring works in Russian literature; the brilliant, erratic young critic Vissarion Belinsky; and Alexander Herzen, a nobleman's son and the first self-proclaimed socialist in Russia, who becomes the main focus of this drama of politics, love, loss, and betrayal. In The Coast of Utopia , Stoppard presents an inspired examination of the struggle between romantic anarchy, utopian idealism, and practical reformation in this chronicle of romantics and revolutionaries caught up in a struggle for political freedom in an age of emperors.

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Tom Stoppard is the author of such seminal works as Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves a Favor, Arcadia, Jumpers, The Real Thing, and The Invention of Love .

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