Exit the King

Exit the King : The Killer ; and, Macbett : Three Plays

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Exit the King is a highly stylized, ritualized death rite unfolding the final hours of the once-great king Berenger the First. As he dies, his kingdom also dies. His armies suffer defeat, the young emigrate, the seasons change overnight, and his kingdom s borders shrink to the outline of his throne. At last, as the curtain falls, the king himself dissolves into a gray mist. The Killer is a study of pure evil. Berenger, a conscientious citizen, finds himself in a radiantly beautiful city marred only by the presence of a killer. Berenger s determination to find the murderer in the face of official indifference and his final defeat at the hands of an impersonal, pitiless cruelty speak with the universality of Kafka s The Trial. Macbett, inspired by Shakespeare s play, is a grotesque joke . . . [and] a very funny play. . . . Ionecso maliciously undermines sources and traditions, spoofing Shakespeare along with tragedy. Mel Gussow, The New York Times"

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  • Paperback | 105 pages
  • 134.62 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 0802151108
  • 9780802151100
  • 123,884

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