[ Read books ] The Theatre of the AbsurdAuthor Martin Esslin – Stg2bio.co

In , Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot premiered at a tiny avant garde theatre in Paris within five years, it had been translated intothan twenty languages and seen bythan a million spectators Its startling popularity marked the emergence of a new type of theatre whose proponentsBeckett, Ionesco, Genet, Pinter, and othersshattered dramatic conventions and paid scant attention to psychological realism, while highlighting their characters inability to understand one another In , Martin Esslin gave a name to the phenomenon in his groundbreaking study of these playwrights who dramatized the absurdity at the core of the human conditionOver four decades after its initial publication, Esslins landmark book has lost none of its freshness The questions these dramatists raise about the struggle for meaning in a purposeless world are still as incisive and necessary today as they were when Becketts tramps first waited beneath a dying tree on a lonely country road for a mysterious benefactor who would never show Authoritative, engaging, and eminently readable, The Theatre of the Absurd is nothing short of a classic vital reading for anyone with an interest in the theatre