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Racine's powerful 17th-century adaptation of Euripides' classic tragedy
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Published September 1st 2003 by Larousse (first published 1677)
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Kalliope

When is one guilty of something, when one commits the reprehensible deed, and only one knows it, or when it is made known to others?

Phèdre thinks that the latter case is a great deal worse, worse even than death:

je meurs pour ne point faire un aveu si funeste
je n’en mourrai plus, j’en mourrai plus coupable

And so probably did Racine, because in his Phèdre, the action is activated by Phèdre’s avowal of her guilt which she makes three times. These three long soliloquies are amongst the most famo...more
Amanda
Let's see: thwarted love, betrayal, implied incest, heinous lies, father-son love triangle with wife/stepmother, and a whole lot of death at the end. Um, yeah, that's the recipe for a pretty awesome story. Phaedra, married to Theseus, has always nurtured a secret love for his son, Hippolytus. When she receives news that Theseus is dead, she finally confesses her love to Hippolytus, who is in love with Aricia and is disgusted by his step-mother's advances. But, hey, guess what? Theseus isn't dead...more
Hend


a tragic play , Explores the Depths of the Human Soul ...
fascinating in its complexity.....

Phèdre the young and second wife of the king Theseus, fall in love with his son Hippolytus,her obsession disrupts her,she was losing her mind, sees Hippolytus everywhere. her offerings and prayers to change destination was in vain.....
she had Hippolytus exiled,and dismissed him from her presence.... However, she soon discovered that she could not remove his love from her heart. It remained. So she wished...more
Robert
Greek families! Histrionics, rash reaction instead of considered response, inability to control emotion. Tragedy.

THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS' CENSORSHIP POLICY

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Bonus GR only bit: So if Goodreads was ever a family, it's now clear that it was one that escaped from a Greek Tragedy. It's fairly obvious that all the things in the first sentence of this review can be applied to the GR family - the only ques...more
Manny
There's an old Communist-era joke, quoted in the movie The Lives of Others, about the Party Leader's conversation with the Sun. (The punchline is "Fuck off, I'm in the West now"). In Racine's play, Phèdre also has a conversation with the Sun. When I looked at the footnote, I discovered that they were in fact close relatives.

Well... as everyone knows these days, being born into a rich, powerful family isn't exactly a guarantee that you're going to have a happy life. Generally, you marry someone y...more
Yani
La pasión me llevó a querer expulsar/ al enemigo aquel al que yo idolatraba;/ la envidia fingí de una injusta madrastra (I.3). Con estas líneas dichas por Fedra se puede resumir el hilo conductor de la obra. Gira alrededor de pasiones inmanejables, malentendidos y acusaciones falsas que no anuncian un final feliz. Fedra es la esposa de Teseo, el rey de Atenas, y en su ausencia tiene que lidiar con el amor que siente por Hipólito (hijo de Teseo y una amazona), un hombre con el que ya había teni...more
Sesana
I love mythology, especially Greek mythology. And Phaedra's story is a particularly juicy myth. Married to heroic Theseus, who features in many stories himself, Phaedra has fallen in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. (Remind anyone else of A Little Night Music? Not for long.) Now word has come that Theseus is dead, and Phaedra confesses her love to Hippolytus. Problem: Hippolytus is already in love, with Aricia, a captive of his father. Further problem: Theseus isn't dead at all.

Like all the re...more
Joao Vaz
Que excesso!, só podia ser este o livro favorito do pequeno Marcel!

Fedra, a mulher do rei Teseu, acalorada por desejos incestuosos leva à perdição de todos à sua volta. Estava de tal forma dominada de culpa que produz algumas das tiradas mais exageradas que li: DRÃÃMA! (atenção, nada se chega a consumar!, mas o aborrecido é que na antiguidade os deuses puniam igualmente o pecado em pensamento)

Enfim: Racine, you're da bomb!
Luka Račić
Vrhunac svetovnih tragedija velikog francuskog pesnika-majstora zlatne burbonske epohe, po mnogo čemu je seminalno, koliko i tranziciono delo - više čak i od bilo kog Kornejevog komada.
Od izuzetne sofisticiranosti Francuske kulture XVII i XVIII veka me je često odvraćala mučnina koju je izazivao poznanik opsednut barokom do potpuno ekstremnih granica - koji je izabirao najgora, najartificijalnija i najneukusnija dela. No, pošto sam se oslobodio njegovog prisustva, konačno mi se ovaj period pribl...more
فضيض
شعرت بفرحة طاغية عندما وجدت على غير اتفاق نسخة من مسرحية فدرة أمامي، كأنها أحد الاحلام الصغيرة التي تتحقق، وسبب ذلك أن عزيز أباظة كتب في مقدمة آخر مسرحياته الشعرية ظهورًا (مسرحية زهرة) وهي من أحب مسرحياته إلىَّ، كتب يقول:


سميتها (زهرة) وهو اسم على وزن (فدرة
Phedre)،
وفدرة هذه كما تعلم بطلة مسرحية شعرية كتبها الشاعر المسرحي الأغريقي (يوريبيدس عن أصل مصري كما قيل (يشير الأستاذ عزيز أباظة فيما أعتقد إلى أن قصة فدرة مستوحاة من الفكرة الأساسية لما حدث بين سيدنا يوسف وبين زليخة امرأة العزيز) ثم عالج ا
...more
David Sarkies
Aug 12, 2013 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lover's of Tragedy
Recommended to David by: The Book of Lost Books
Shelves: tragedy
This is apparently Racine's last play before he gave up the theatre scene to return ot a religious life within the Jansenist sect. For those who don't know what a Jansenist is (and that would probably include most of us) then picture a god who is mean, nasty, and smacks you over the head with a baseball bat when you step out of line, and you have the god that the Jansenists worship. Why would anybody worship a god like that I don't know, but it probably has something to do with the fact that th...more
Lett'
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Alors, c’est du théâtre classique ! Court et concis, mais assez plaisant à lire même si on ne se rappelle pas toujours des détails présent. Il y a une semaine que j’ai lu Phèdre, et j’ai beaucoup aimé ! Encore le sujet de la passion et l’amour, mais ici, il est sous une forme assez différente puisque c’est Phèdre qui tombe amoureuse du fils de son mari.

Le premier acte semble un peu flou, j’ai eu peur de ne pas pouvoir suivre l’histoire qui est assez compli...more
Núria
Pocas obras deben existir como la 'Fedra' de Racine que sean una defensa tan radical de la virtud (afortunadamente), pero también pocas obras deben existir como la 'Fedra' de Racine que hablen con tanta intensidad del dolor por un amor que se sabe que nunca será correspondido (desgraciadamente). Fedra está enamorada de Hipólito, el hijo de su marido, que encima resulta que no es nada más que un bravucón misógino y arrogante. Ella agoniza literalmente de amor (como pasa en toda tragedia que se pr...more
Emily
I was really impressed by this play. It's a page-turner. I didn't want to put it down. Hughes' translation has a delightful terse lyricism. I rarely felt like I was reading a translation of a French play recreating an ancient Greek atmosphere and style. The deviations from the plot helped me appreciate the play for what it is, rather than continually comparing it with Euripides' "Hippolytus." The biggest changes are Aricia (Hippolytus' lover), the order/progression of events, diminished role of...more
David
It's Yukio Mishima's favourite play! A mad old queen, a macho young man, plotting and confusion ... and then death comes to them both. But enough about Mishima (boom, boom), Racine's play is a spin on the classic(s). I saw a very cool Croatian production of "Hippolytus" quite soon after the Yugoslav war. Artemis was fully bandaged and moved about in a very curious manner. Hippolytus and chums spent the whole time worshipping her, in tiny loincloths.

"Phaedra: Thanks be to Heav'n, my hands are fre...more
Eilis
Had to read this for college and I have to say I wasn't expecting it to be particularly good - I thought it would be more of a chore than anything else. I was seriously proved wrong! Once I got into the language and managed to figure out what they were saying the story was amazing - talk about dramatic! Literally couldn't put it down (unfortunately had to though!)

Positive: Epic story

Negative: Trying to get my head around the language!
Dagny
This tightly-knit seventeenth century play, based on a powerful and haunting myth, is filled with compelling tension. It takes place over a very short time span allowing the action to begin immediately and flow rapidly.
Jo
Racine does an excellent job recreating the story of Phaedra. I love Greek theatre!
Bbrown
It is stated in the introduction to Phèdre that Racine did not intend to challenge any of the conventions to playwriting with this work, but merely write the strongest possible play while adhering to the established structure of five act dramatic tragedies. Because of this, the play Phèdre by Racine and Hippolytus by Euripides are similar, not only in subject matter, but in structure as well, despite being written over 2,000 years apart. Unfortunately for Racine, this allows a direct comparison...more
Nicolas Shump
This post is a combo of my reading of three versions of this Racine play. Blame my comparative literature background on this one.
The eminent American poet Robert Lowell translates the classic play Phaedra by Racine in rhyming couplets. This form can work for some genres, but even if Racine had couplets in the original, in English, it does not work. It is overly mannered and I found myself going "da,da, da, da" as I read this version. I would have loved to see Lowell do a version in blank verse t...more
Daniel Pecheur
An incredibly brilliant tragedy that maintains a very intriguing momentum and never ebbs in its compelling pulse that keeps the elements progressing toward the fatal disintegration at the end. Racine's language is succinct, cogent, evocative and masterfully conceived. There is never a dull moment in this work and no slight deviation from its spellbinding current that moves with such measured pace to unfurl each sequence in this dramatic tale of forbidden passions, dark secrets, subterfuge and di...more
Tony
PHAEDRA. (1677). Jean Racine. ****.
It is necessary to keep the cast of characters in front of you when reading this play, unless, of course, you are already a classical scholar. In the beginning, it is easy to get confused. Here it is:
Theseus Son of Aegeus and King of Athens
Phaedra Wife of Theseus and daughter of Minos and Pasiphae
Hippolytus Son of Theseus and Antiope, Queen of the Amazons
Aricia Princess of the blood royal of Athens
Oenone Nurse of Phaedra
Theramenes Tutor of Hippolytus
Ismene Fri...more
Laura
Phèdre is a tragedy written by Racine in the 18th century based on characters touched on by Seneca and Eurides. The play opens with Hippolyte, the son of an Amazonian woman and the hero Thésée, who has been missing for six months. Phèdre, the wife of the hero Thésée, burns with a forbidden love for her stepson and wastes away, preparing to die. When certain grave news arrives, Oenone is inspired to give Phèdre new hope for her love, and without giving any spoilers, that's what gets the ball roll...more
Intan Kirana
"Berbeda dengan Corneille, Racine menggambarkan tokoh-tokoh dalam karyanya sebagaimana adanya mereka, bukan bagaimana seharusnya mereka". Begitu kata Bu Ida S. Husein dalam bukunya yang berjudul "Pengarang-Pengarang Prancis".

Tapi saya nggak suka sama drama ini. Iya deh, manusia sebagaimana adanya, dikendalikan hawa nafsu segala macem, tapi kan ini ceritanya Phedre ada rasa ama Hypolyte (atau apadeh itu ejaannya), gara-gara campur tangan Aphrodite rese itu. Cerita ini emang landasannya mitologi y...more
Charles
Maybe it was the translator Robert Lowell (Jean Racine's 'Phedre' was originally in French) and his style and language or my particular version that have contributed to my adoration of this play. However, although these factors do contribute substantially, it was Racine himself who showed his stature and dignity as a prominent French playwright.

I chose the words 'stature' and 'dignity' for a reason by the way. For Racine, although his basis is essentially Greek mythology and tragedy, had baptize...more
Carlos
La dramaturgia francesa del siglo XVII tiene un par de sobresalientes exponentes: Pierre Corneille y Jean Racine. De este último, recientemente leí su colosal “Fedra”. Y, a pesar de lo restringido y lo limitado del neoclasicismo francés –en cuanto a fórmulas, convenciones y rigideces como las unidades aristotélicas–, Racine nos legó una obra maravillosa, plena de vitalidad y de poesía.
Jean Racine nació en 1639, y falleció en París en 1699. Tras alrededor de una década de gran reputación dramátic...more
Maan Kawas
A beautiful tragedy by the great French playwright Jean Racine! It is based on Euripides’ tragedy “Hippolytus”, but at the same time it shows many differences. Unlike Euripides’ play, Phedre here is depicted more as an ordinary human being, who is not totally good and not totally bad. Although she was doomed by fate to fall in an incestuous love his her own stepson, Hippolytus, but originally Phedre is a virtuous woman by nature, who suffered and resisted her unacceptable feelings and urges towa...more
Alex
I loved this. Racine makes one big change from Euripides: he blames Phedre's false accusation mostly (though not wholly) on her nurse, instead of on her. Coincidentally, that's the one thing that really stuck out for me in the original: I found Phedre's final accusation jarring, unearned and unexplained. So...nice job, Racine!

He also throws a love interest for Hippolytus in, though, in order to make him a little less...y'know, above it all. This was less successful. I think he'd have achieved th...more
علی
در اساطیر یونان، "فدر" یا "فدرا" دختر "مینوس" است. او را به همسری به "تزه" پادشاه آتن می دهند. تزه همسر دیگری هم به نام "آنتیوپه" دارد که یکی از "آمازون"هاست و از تزه فرزندی به نام "هیپولیت" دارد. فدر دو فرزند دیگر برای تزه می آورد اما خود عاشق هیپولیت، فرزند شوهرش می شود. (داستان سودابه و سیاوش در حماسه ی ایران) هیپولیت که توجهی به زنان ندارد، به نامادری خود بی اعتنایی می کند. فدر که از فاش شدن رازش، وحشت دارد، طی یک صحنه سازی هیپولیت را متهم می کند که قصد تجاوز به وی داشته. تزه فرزندش را نفرین...more
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Jean Baptiste Racine was a French dramatist, one of the "big three" of 17th century France (along with Molière and Corneille), and one of the most important literary figures in the Western tradition. Racine was primarily a tragedian, though he did write one comedy.
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“Présente je vous fuis; absente, je vous trouve;
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“Quand tu sauras mon crime, et le sort qui m'accable,
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