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Berenice and Bajazet by Jean Racine

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By Jean Racine

The severe occasion in Berenice, the demise of Titus's father, the Emperor Vespasian, occurs per week prior to the play opens. Thereafter Titus is familiar with that his separation from Berenice is inevitable.

Thereafter Titus is familiar with that his separation from Berenice is inevitable. The breaking off of a very good love affair comprises too the hopes of Antiochus, himself lengthy in love with Berenice. The play pushes all 3 of its principals to the edge, no longer of revenge yet of self-murder, ahead of in her chic final speech Berenice redeems and directs all of them in an act of collective abnegation.

Many tears are shed, yet now not a drop of blood. The impact is unconventional, and profound: the pained popularity of the irreconcilable in human affairs, and the quit, via all the major characters, of the individual they so much love.

Bajazet is Racine's so much violent drama; it ends, like Phdre, with a feminine character's on-stage suicide, right here the fruits of a vividly defined series of off-stage murders. The environment, in a claustrophobic area in the harem at Constantinople, menaced from either with out and inside of, turns out to license a violence of emotion in addition to of deed.

Violent too are the repeated reversals of fortune, and the terrifying acceleration of the play in the direction of its inexorable catastrophe.

Alan Hollinghurst's translation of Berenice premiered on the Donmar Warehouse, London, in October 2012 and Bajazet, on the Almeida Theatre, London, in November 1990.

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Ramón Miquel i Planas, 10 - 08034 Barcelona. Reservados los derechos de edición en lengua castellana para todo el mundo. Primera edición: 1994 � 1953 by James M. Cain, copyright renewed 1981 by Alice M. Piper Depósito Legal: B. 838-1994 - ISBN: 84-264-1230-0 Printed in Spain Esta historia transcurre en el sur de Maryland, una franja de tierra en la que se asientan cinco pequeños condados, entre los estuarios del Patapsco, del Chesapeake y del Potomac, y que si geográficamente es la región más septentrional del Sur, espiritualmente es su corazón mismo.

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