Present Past, Past Present: A Personal Memoir

Present Past, Past Present: A Personal Memoir


By (author) Eugene Ionesco

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 14mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0306808358
  • ISBN 13: 9780306808357
  • Edition statement: Dacapo Press.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 745,524

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Eugene Ionesco (1910-1994), a Romanian-born Frenchman, was central to the Theater of the Absurd, a dramatic movement that abandons logical plot development, meaningful dialogue, and intelligible characters, and instead embraces anarchic comedy to convey the meaninglessness of modern man's existence in a universe ruled by chance. Ionesco's many works include: plays like "The Bald Soprano, The Chairs, The Killer, Exit the King, " and more than two dozen others; theater criticism (collected in "Notes and Counter Notes"); and this memoir, which critics have compared in spirit and vision to Pascal's "Pensees, " Milan Kundera's "Book of Laughter and Forgetting," and Kafka's diaries.