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Ionesco’s Novel Available in Persian

Ionesco’s Novel Available in PersianIonesco’s Novel Available in Persian

‘The Hermit’, the only novel by renowned Romanian-French absurdist playwright Eugène Ionesco has been translated into Persian and published in Iran.

Rendered by Bahareh Moradi, the book has been printed in 1100 copies by Phoenix Publication, IRNA reported.

Ionesco (1909-1994) was one of the foremost playwrights of the Theater of the Absurd, which was a post-World War II designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s and the style of theater which evolved from their work.

Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco’s plays depict, in a tangible way, the solitude of humans. He wrote mostly in French, and was one of the distinguished figures of the French Avant-garde theatre.

In his only novel, written in 1973, the celebrated dramatist chose as his main character a man who devotes himself to his secret passion: observing and meditating on the human condition.

“In a few years we will come to realize that ‘The Hermit’ is one of the essential works of our time, probing and detailing the illness of our century,” the French critic François Nourissier was quoted as saying in Le Point, the French weekly magazine published in Paris.

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