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Betrayal

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"One of the most essential artists produced by the twentieth century. Pinter's work gets under our skin more than that of any living playwright." --New York Times Upon its premiere at the National Theatre, Betrayal was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. It won the Olivier Award for best new play, and has since been performed all around the world and made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, and Patricia Hodge. Betrayal begins with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the nine scenes of the play, we move back in time through the stages of their affair, ending in the house of Emma and her husband Robert, Jerry's best friend.

"[Betrayal] deals with the shifting balance of power in triangular relationships, and with the pain of loss. . . . Pinter probes the corrosive nature of betrayal . . . a world where pain and loss are explored with poetic precision." --Guardian

"Betrayal is an exquisite play, brilliantly simple in form and courageous in its search for a poetry that turns banality into a melancholy beauty." --Newsweek

"There is hardly a line into which desire, pain, alarm, sorrow, rage or some
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Product details

  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 130 x 224 x 7.62mm | 159g
  • Chicago, United States
  • English
  • 20th ed.
  • 0802130801
  • 9780802130808
  • 383,007

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Betrayal is Pinter's latest full-length play since the enormous success of No Man's Land. The play begins in 1977, with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the nine scenes of the play, we move back in time, through the states of their affair, with the play ending in the house of Emma and Robert, her husband, who is Jerry's best friend.
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"One of the most essential artists produced by the twentieth century. Pinter's work gets under our...
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About Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter wurde 1930 in London geboren. Er war nach seiner Ausbildung an der Royal Academy of Dramatic Art bis 1957 Schauspieler an diversen Provinzbühnen. Die Uraufführung seines ersten abendfüllenden Stücks 'Die Geburtstagsfeier' stieß 1958 bei der englischen Kritik auf Unverständnis; 1960 etablierte ihn schließlich 'Der Hausmeister' als einen der meistgespielten und einflussreichsten britischen Dramatiker.
Neben Stücken hat er Drehbücher (u.a. für Regisseure wie Joseph Losey, Elia Kazan, Robert Altman, Volker Schlöndorff und Paul Schrader) geschrieben, Hör- und Fernsehspiele sowie den Roman 'Die Zwerge', Regie geführt und als Schauspieler in Film und Theater gearbeitet.
Harold Pinter erhielt den Literatur-Nobelpreis 2005.
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