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Durrenmatt, Friedrich

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Illustrated with two hand-rubbed photogravures by Marie Cosindas. Translated by Leila Vennewitz. Foreword by the author. The Limited Editions Club (1989). Folio, quarter bound in burgundy Nigerian Oasis goatskin with natural linen boards, enclosed in a slip case. 48 pages, composed in Monotype Waubaum at Out of Sorts Letter Foundry. Printed letterpress at Heritage Printers on fine rag paper made at Cartiere Enrico Magnani. The photogravure plates were made by Jon Goodman, and the images editioned at Renaissance Press and Wingate Studio. Designed by Benjamin Schiff. LIMITED TO 650 COPIES SIGNED BY FRIEDRICH DURRENMATT AND MARIE COSINDAS. Mint. A brilliant twentieth-century adaptation of Oedipus that unfolds in response to the author's conviction that ".Even transposing Oedipus into a sequence of 'coincidences' gives us trouble. What bothers us is the oracle, an authority that is capable of predicting. A predictable plot does not permit coincidence; Oedipus as a fable seems indissolubly linked to the idea of fate. Hence the only feasible way for us to snatch Oedipus from fate is the escape from the plot to the characters, to the protagonists of the plot. This means that it is no longer the oracle that is important but the person uttering the oracle, the priestess of Apollo, the Pythia. Oedipus might for instance, fall victim to a disgruntled Pythia." (The Author). Bookseller Inventory # 1248

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Title: Oedipus

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