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The Belle Vue
Horváth's setting for this black political farce is a seedy hotel in Central Europe in the 1920s where the only guest is a drunken, ageing nymphomaniac - wealthy and despotic. Under her sole occupancy the hotel is falling apart and sliding even deeper into decadence. There is no future and no hope until a young woman arrives with a fortune to spend. What follows is a riot ...more
(first published January 1st 1985)
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This is Horváth's first play, and it definitely reads like it. The preoccupations that will haunt the rest of his plays are peeking through, but they are hidden within an imitative structure that really never starts to sing. The core concerns are here, though: sex, gender, money, politics and the intersection thereof. It's a great view into what makes Horváth tick, but I don;t know I'd be eager to stage it or see it.
Dec 22, 2011 Anthony rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody!
Again a most precise description of the human nature and those that do not manage to overcome their bare instincts. Great lessons to learn for understanding many peoples actions in society. I money or interests in are involved many people completely change their attitude. In this case a woman is treated most disrespectfully by five different men in staying in a hotel. Until she mentions that she has inherited 10000. All of a sudden each of the men try to become her husband - despite that they th ...more
Ödön von Horváth was a German-writing Austro-Hungarian-born playwright and novelist. Important topics in Horváth's works were popular culture, politics and history. He especially tried to warn of the dawn of fascism and its dangers. Among Horváth's most enduringly popular works, Jugend ohne Gott describes the youth in Nazi Germany from a disgruntled teacher's point of view, who, himself at first a ...moreMore about Ödön von Horváth...