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John Gabriel Borkman

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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1897 Original Publisher: William Heinemann Subjects: Drama / General Drama / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh Drama / Continental European Foreign Language Study / German Literary Criticism / European / Scandinavian Literary Criticism / Drama Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be typos or missing text. Th...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published December 21st 2009 by General Books (first published 1896)
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This is a huge haunted mansion of a play. The ghosts do not know they are dead though which undoubtedly makes their howling that much more fiendish! I loved this play. It set my soul racing the way listening to Beethoven or watching Gossip Girl does!
Ich habe das Stück als Vorbereitung auf einen Theaterbesuch heute abend gelesen und war ungewöhnlich fasziniert. Eigentlich lese ich Stücke nicht so gern, aber dieses war fesselnd und ungewöhnlich aktuell. Die Titelfigur spekulierte mit Geld, das ihr nicht gehörte, musste ins Gefängnis, trieb viele Anleger ins finanzielle Unglück und seine Familie ins gesellschaftliche Aus. Er und seine Frau reagieren dabei ungewöhnlich egoistisch - sehen nur das eigene Leid und nicht das durch dieses Verhalten...more
This play focuses on the effect that the man's eagerness for power has in his life and in the life of people around him. John Gabriel Borkman sacrificed love for power and money and ended up with none of them. His ego brought an emotional and psychological devastation to him and to his most beloved people. Ibsen got inspired by a court-case against a senior officer who was found guilty of fraud and committed to prison with hard labour for four years. After his years in prison he cut himself off...more
i was devastated to miss out on this while it was at BAM, but read the play as a consolation. haunting, tragic, evocative. a quick read (free on google books)-- the pace as quick as the horse-drawn sleigh that runs over Frida's father, and a contrast to the sense of the length of Borkman's separation from his family and society (eventually self-imposed).
This story was to much stuck in tha past for me. To many practical things that are there because of that time. E.g the role of a bankman in the socity. Regarding the role of Erhart, the son, I don't really see how he is exiting the story adds a good point.
Incredibly incisive, insightful drama or insufferably inward Ibsenian inanity? I can't to see what 3 world class actors make of this at BAM next week.
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Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama." Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.

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“Nicht Mord. Nicht Diebstahl, Raub oder nächtlicher Einbruch – auch Meineid nicht. Denn das alles sind ja Dinge, die man meist Leuten antut, die man haßt oder die einem gleichgültig sind und einen nichts angehen. […] Das Infamste von allem – das ist, wenn der Freund das Vertrauen des Freundes missbraucht.” 2 likes
“Borkman: Dann haben wir uns gegenseitig etwas vorgemacht. Und uns selber haben wir vielleicht auch etwas vorgemacht – beide.
Foldal: Ja, John Gabriel, aber ist das denn nicht im Grunde das Wesen der Freundschaft?
Borkman (lächelt bitter): Doch, doch, lügen und betrügen – das ist Freundschaft. Da hast du recht. Diese Erfahrung habe ich schon einmal in meinem Leben gemacht.”
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