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Three Comedies

Behind the Scenes in Eden, Rigmaroles, and The Other William

By Jaime Salom, Edited and translated by Gregary J. Racz, Translated by Phyllis Zatlin and Marion Peter Holt

Publication Year: 2004

"Jaime Salom has been recognized for decades as one of Spain's most important contemporary dramatists and his work produced throughout the Spanish-speaking Americas . . . . These sparkling translations will surely encourage English language readers and producers to become better acquainted with the work of this engaging and stimulating dramatist. . . . These three witty meditations on theatre, art, sexuality and power have been engagingly rendered into English by three of America's finest Spanish translators, Marion Peter Holt, Gregary J. Racz, and Phyllis Zatlin. The book also contains some excellent supplementary material in the form of a substantial introduction to the life and work of Salom, a complete listing of plays and premieres, a useful selected bibliography, and sixteen interesting production photographs, five of them of the works in this collection."—Bulletin of Spanish Studies

Three Comedies represents the first English-language collection of plays by Jaime Salom, one of Spain's most important contemporary dramatists. His forty-plus works encompass an impressive array of subgenres, including domestic dramas, mysteries, political allegories, historical comedies, metaphysical meditations, and tales of Spanish life. Best known for his veiled critiques of Francisco Franco's regime, Salom went on to explore less overtly politicized themes following the dictator's death in 1975. This welcome new volume features a trio of comedies from his later phase that offer acute insight into life under the eased restraints of a nominally democratic Spain. Included in this collection are Behind the Scenes in Eden (1978; Rigmaroles (1990),; and The Other William (1998). All three comedies revel in the foibles of protagonists who, in their search for self-determination, never quite manage to escape the specter of tyrannical authority.

Published by: University Press of Colorado


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Title Page, Copyright

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Introduction/ Jaime Salom: A Life in Theater

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pp. 9-36

For more than four decades, popular and critical acclaim has regularly accompanied the singular dramatic output of Jaime Salom. This retired ophthalmologist from Catalonia, an esteemed elder statesman of Madrid’s theater...


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pp. 37-40

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About the Translations

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pp. 41-42

Jaime Salom's reputation as an assiduous reviser of his dramas is assuredly deserved, so it is of special interest to scholars and students of theater (as well as of translation) to note which editions of his plays serve as source texts for versions...

Behind the Scenes in Eden

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pp. 43-100


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pp. 101-168

The Other William

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pp. 169-228

E-ISBN-13: 9780870818578
E-ISBN-10: 0870818570
Print-ISBN-13: 9780870817816
Print-ISBN-10: 0870817817

Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 16 black & white photos
Publication Year: 2004

OCLC Number: 76875941
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