The Marriage

Gombrowicz, Witold

Published by Grove Press, 1969
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Title: The Marriage

Publisher: Grove Press

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: paperback

Book Condition: Very Good In Wrappers


New York. 1969. Grove Press. 1st American Printing. Very Good In Wrappers. Translated from the Polish by Louis Iribarne. Introduction by Jan Kott. Paperback Original. 158 pages. E-482. paperback. keywords: Literature Translated Poland Eastern Europe Drama. inventory # 13497. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This is a play about the shifting relationship between reality and imagination. Henry, a soldier stationed in northern France during World War II, has a dream about his father, mother, sweetheart, and best friend; the dream constitutes the action of the play. In the dream, Henry’s imagination transforms himself and the other characters into players of multiple roles — Father and King, Mother and Queen, Servant and Princess, Son and Prince, Friend and Courtier. The author explores the kind of transformations which occur in human relationships and which allow a father to be elevated to kingship and then deposed, the lost chastity of a young woman to be restored by a respectable marriage, and one’s character and relationship to others to be built totally through one’s individual perception. To some extent, THE MARRIAGE parodies Shakespearean convention, for the type of complication of plot and character provides a plausible and flexible context for Gombrowicz’s ideas, and a dramatic exploration of the nature of the absolute reality of form in relation to the always changing reality of self and imagination. Bookseller Inventory # 13497

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