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Fortinbras : Mais qui a tué Hamlet ?

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Who killed Hamlet? Did Claudius really murder his brother? Was the late King really poisoned through the ear? What is the true nature of the Ghost who came to visit the Prince on the battlement of Elsinore? Did the tragedians, who came to play at the court, get there by chance? Under what actual circumstances did young Ophelia drown? Why did a Norwegian prince become king ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published August 4th 2014 by Editions L'Harmattan
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Philippe Malzieu
Sep 24, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing
When I saw the title, I remembered the Tom Stoppard'play : «Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead»

These two cretins, minor character in Hamlet could thus make a subject of attention. Stoppard succeeded in making them moving and delivered to us a thought on the brittleness of the human condition.

Thus Fortinbras.

If my memories are exact, one often speaks about him, but he only appears physically at the end. He concludes the play. It is a kind of double of Hamlet.
Léonard gives to us another pitcu
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Alberto Martín de Hijas
(Bien que ma connaissance du français me permet de lire ce livre dans sa langue d'origine n'est pas assez bon pour m'exprimer dans cette langue, donc je fais dans la mienne, mes excuses aux lecteurs francophones)

Fortimbras es una muy interesante revisión de Hamlet, en la que el autor nos narra las entretelas de la lucha del personaje homónimo a la sombra del clásico de Shakespeare.

Este es un planteamiento ambicioso que conlleva serios retos, pero el autor consigue superarlos con éxito (en mi opi
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Brigitte
Sep 12, 2014 Brigitte rated it it was amazing
For those who love Shakespeare and are mad about 'Hamlet' this is for you. It' s well wriiten and documented. It is funny at times - spoiler alert : the meeting with two actors.
It gives a complete differetn aspect to the whole play and I loved it. Once I started I couldn't put it down. So go for it!

Denise
Nov 01, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Recommended to Denise by: 182
Shelves: first-reads
Full disclosure: I was chosen a First Reads winner, and received a paperback copy of Fortinbras: Mais qui a tué Hamlet? by Léonard Gaya in the mail. That in no way influenced the review that follows.

Just to set the stage, let me remind you (if it has been a while since you read Hamlet) that Fortinbras, a Norwegian prince, is impulsive and hot-headed and, although he might not have very good reasons for leading an army against Poland, takes the risk to avenge his slain father. References are mad
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Agata
Dec 12, 2014 Agata rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I was chosen a First Reads winner, and received a paperback copy of Fortinbras: Mais qui a tué Hamlet? by Léonard Gaya in the mail. That in no way influenced the review that follows.

Even though my french skills aren't the best and I probably didn't get 100% of it as a native speaker does I really did enjoy the play.

First of all it's good to read original Hamlet first to understand fully the play by Leonard Gaya. You don't have to necessary read Hamlet to enjoy Gaya's work though
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Isabelle
Oct 02, 2014 Isabelle rated it really liked it
Dans "Hamlet", Fortinbras est un personnage mineur, un obscure prince norvégien qui surgit bien opportunément à la fin de la pièce, quand tous les personnages se sont entretués, et qui récupère alors sans aucune difficulté le trône du Danemark. Dans "Fortinbras : Mais qui a tué Hamlet", l'auteur, Léonard Gaya, choisit à l'inverse de le placer au centre de l'intrigue : il apporte ainsi un tout nouvel éclairage à la tragédie shakespearienne et propose des réponses originales aux nombreuses ...more
Paul Servini
Sep 30, 2014 Paul Servini rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paul by: Brigitte
Shelves: theatre
Fortinbras ne joue qu'un rôle mineur dans la pièce Hamlet de Shakespeare. Finalement il finit roi du Danemark après la mort de Claudius, de Laertes et de Hamlet, lui-même. Comment en est-il arrivé jusqu'à là? Voilà le sujet de cette pièce amusante de Léonard Gaya, qui essaie de combler les trous que Shakespeare nous laisse avec une scenario plausible et bien amusante. Une perspective différente sur la pièce de Shakespeare avec des personnages fortes convaincantes.
Andrea
Jul 10, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Mes souvenirs de lectures de Shakespeare étant ultra-datés, j’ai eu peur de ne pas pouvoir tout saisir dans Fortinbras sans me replonger un peu dans Hamlet. Chose faite, j’ai pu découvrir cette amusante pièce qui donne corps et parole au jeune prince de Norvège et les évènements de son côté, et nous montre une vision alternative de ce qui aurait pu passer « derrière le rideau » sous une autre lumière. C’est frais et plein d’esprit ; les répliques vives et parfois très drôles :

Fortinbras – Nous n
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Jakkie
Oct 26, 2014 Jakkie rated it liked it
I was really excited when I won this book in the giveaway, even if my French isn't what was in high school. I found the book integrating enough to keep me reading even though I had to pull out my old French/English dictionary.

I won't spoil the plot for those who are or will read, but I liked how the author really used the base Shakespeare created and tried his best not to contradict the original play. This really is a whole new play, with the roots in another another.

If you like Hamlet, defini
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Lisa
Jan 29, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
I won this book on goodreads and I'm so happy that I finally got time to read.

I enjoyed original story a lot and thats the reason I entered, I wanted to revisit the story. But it isn't the same as Shakespeare which might be good. It gave me a feeling that I saw the story in another point of view which I liked so. But my french isn't the best so I could be completely wrong but with what I read and understood I really liked it.
Consuelo Murgia
Sep 12, 2014 Consuelo Murgia rated it liked it
I have studied Shakespeare when I was in high school and during my years of university, so I think it's interesting reading a book which offers a different perspective on a well-known play like Hamlet and which is written in French.
Mary Foxe
Aug 10, 2016 Mary Foxe rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, first-reads
I only saw the title and description when I signed-up for the First Reads giveaway. Sadly, it is French, and my French is non-existent.
Léonard Gaya
Oct 07, 2014 Léonard Gaya rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Leonard Gaya was born in Paris, France, to Spanish parents, and currently lives in London. He has been a publishing / online media professional for twenty years. He has been running the "Serruriers de Minuit" theatre company, with which he has worked on productions of W. Shakespeare, S. Beckett and B.-M. Koltès' plays. He reads and writes just as well in English, Spanish and French and his books ...more
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