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Othello in Wonderland and Mirror-Polishing Storytellers Two Plays

Two Plays

Availability: In stock
Published: 1996
Page #: xiii + 144
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-046-6
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Othello in Wonderland and The Mirror-Polishing Storytellers are two post-revolutionary Persian plays by Gholamhoseyn Sa`edi, the prominent fiction writer and best-known Iranian playwright of this century. In these plays, Sa`edi deals with the most vital issues facing the people of his country after the establishment of the Islamic government in Iran. Written in exile in Paris, these plays display a boldness and fearless disregard for censorship. In Othello in Wonderland, which is a fictional case study of censorship, a theatrical troupe tries to stage the Shakespearean play, Othello, with tragic, albeit humorous, consequences as a result of the clashes of views and ideologies of the officials and supporters of the Islamic regime and the secular intelligentsia in Iran. The Mirror-Polishing Storytellers, on the other hand, is an explicitly anti-war play in which Sa`edi presents gruesome pictures of war and its effects on individuals and families. The two plays represent Sa`edi at his best in combining a sense of grim humor with psychological insight into human nature and display his talent as a creative and innovative artist.

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Gholamhoseyn Sa'edi

Gholamhoseyn Sa'edi, born in Tabriz in 1935, was an Iranian socialist novelist and playwright best known for the screenplay of the famous Iranian movie Gaav. He was one of the first modern playwrights and short story writers in Iran. He died in Paris, France in 1985.

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