• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
Berenice and Bajazet (Paperback)
  • Berenice and Bajazet (Paperback)
zoom

Berenice and Bajazet (Paperback)

(author), (author)
£9.99
Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 04/10/2012
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

Check Marketplace availability

The critical event in Berenice, the death of Titus's father, the Emperor Vespasian, happens a week before the play opens. Thereafter Titus knows that his separation from Berenice is inevitable. The breaking off of a great love affair involves too the hopes of Antiochus, himself long in love with Berenice. The play pushes all three of its principals to the brink, not of revenge but of self-murder, before in her sublime last speech Berenice redeems and directs them all in an act of collective abnegation.Many tears are shed, but not a drop of blood. The effect is unconventional, and profound: the pained acceptance of the irreconcilable in human affairs, and the surrender, by each of the main characters, of the person they most love.Bajazet is Racine's most violent drama; it ends, like Phedre, with a female character's on-stage suicide, here the culmination of a vividly described sequence of off-stage murders. The setting, in a claustrophobic space within the harem at Constantinople, menaced from both without and within, seems to license a violence of emotion as well as of deed.Violent too are the repeated reversals of fortune, and the terrifying acceleration of the play towards its inexorable catastrophe.Alan Hollinghurst's translation of Berenice premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in October 2012 and Bajazet, at the Almeida Theatre, London, in November 1990.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571299089
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 178 g
Dimensions: 197 x 125 x 12 mm
Edition: Main

You may also be interested in...

Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)
Added to basket
Julius Caesar
Added to basket
Twelfth Night
Added to basket
Othello
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Journey's End
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Blood Brothers
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Four Major Plays
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Macbeth
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Macbeth
Added to basket
£2.50
Paperback
The History Boys
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Added to basket
Romeo and Juliet
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Glass Menagerie
Added to basket
The Crucible
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Tempest
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.