By Jean Racine,Neil Bartlett,Robert David MacDonald
Jean Racine is the best tragedian of the French 17th century, utilizing its strict principles and conventions to inform tales of overwhelming ardour and cruelty.
This quantity brings jointly 3 of his maximum performs. Britannicus, the earliest, is decided within the courtroom of the younger Emperor Nero, and in an environment seething with erotic pressure, records the power-struggles surrounding the start of a mythical despot. Berenice probes the hearts of 2 fans as they're torn aside amidst the splendours of Imperial Rome, and in Phedra, the main well-known of the 3, a lady betrayed by means of her personal wishes descends right into a own hell of disgrace, guilt and regret.
These vintage models, by means of of the country's so much distinct director-translators, turn out that Racine is way from untranslatable; they give blisteringly powerful poetry, pressing plotting and powerhouse roles for either actors and actresses.
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