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In a house on an island a very old couple pass their time with private games and half-remembered stories. With brilliant eccentricity, Ionesco's 'tragic farce' combines a comic portrait of human folly with a magical experiment in theatrical possibilities.
Paperback, 60 pages
Published December 6th 2007 by Faber & Faber (first published 1951)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
نمایشنامه «صندلی­ها»، درباره زن و شوهر پیری است، که در یک جزیره دورافتاده، زندگی می­کنند. صحنه نمایش پر است از صندلی­هایی که جای نشستن مدعوین خیالی مهمانی آنهاست. مهمانانی از طبقات مختلف جامعه، حتی شخص امپراتور هم به مهمانی آمده­اند تا به داستان زندگی زن و شوهر گوش کنند. «یونسکو» در باره این نمایشنامه میگوید: مضمون نمایشنامه پیام نیست. نه شکست­های زندگی است، نه شکست معنوی پیرمرد و پیرزن، بلکه صندلی­هاست، یعنی غیبت اشخاص، غیبت امپراطور ... غیبت ماده، خلا فلسفی، موضوع نمایشنامه همان «هیچ» است. ا. ...more
Susan
A crazy crazy play to say the least. Try ot understand it if you dare. There are so many ways to interpret this play but ultimately I think I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see it staged. I think that with Absurd drama that is the only way to get SOME grasp of what is really going on, or the true feel of the play. Two old people going in and out of many doors bringing hundreds of chairs into a room full of visitors that are not there. You try to understand. Honestly earth shattering stuff...... Love th ...more
Anelis
Les Chaises is, so far, my favorite play of Ionesco's.
It took me an absurdly (...i love puns) long time to read it, mainly because I only found it in French and had to first brush up what French I used to know 7 years ago, but every single damn unknown word was worth it.
Plus, I can read in French again, so double win.

ivana18
What is the meaning of life?

Can we really know the answer to that eternal question?

Or better yet, can we handle the answer to that question?

Is that the reason the chairs are empty, because no human being can truly know the answer and still be alive, still exist as a rational human being?

Are the chairs empty because the guests are there in flesh but their mind is not really present, because they don't want the truth, or can't handle the truth?

The Old Man, the Old Woman the deaf-mute Orator, an
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علی
پیرمرد و پیرزنی صندلی ها را برای مهمانانی که نمی بینیم، مرتب می کنند. مهمانان که از همه ی مردم جهان اند، قرار است برای شنیدن کشفیات پیرمرد در مورد معنای زندگی جمع شوند. همه چیز به جهان پس از مرگ شبیه است و بنظر می رسد که پیرمرد و پیرزن آخرین دو نفر روی زمین باشند. از طریق صحبت آنها، می فهمیم که میهمانان یکی یکی وارد می شوند، به ویژه حضور امپراطور نامرئی که سبب شادی پیرمرد است. وقتی بالاخره پیرمرد حاضر می شود تا برای جمعیت صحبت کند، همه چیز خلاف انتظار پیش می رود. وقتی بالاخره سخن ران شروع می کند ...more
Rick Homuth
Of the three of his I've read so far, this play is probably the closest to what I'd call "traditional" absurdist theatre (which is an oxymoron itself and should make it all the more apparent that I don't really know what I'm talking about). One of the key issues with describing the movement (again, from what I've observed) is that each artists' body of work is so incredibly different; "The Chairs," however, definitely has a Beckettian air about it.
Kauane Borges
Of the four of his plays I've read so far, this is probably the closest to what I'd call traditional absurdist theatre. One of the key issues with describing the movement is that each artists body of work is so incredibly different.
Karla Hernández
El teatro del absurdo no es adecuada para mi.
Todo el tiempo intenté seguir el mensaje de trasfondo, pero tantas incoherencias me distraían. Sillas. Sillas. Sillas. Me preguntaba que importancia tenían las sillas, pues se repetía la palabra casi en cada linea. Creí que enloquecería si continuaba leyendo.
Personas invisibles hablando con otras personas invisibles. La Bella. El Emperador. La Dama. La Anciana hablando con personas invisibles y el Anciano hablando con un Emperador invisible. Oh, es
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Michelle Lynne Widmann
I loved reading The Chairs. The plot in itself and the concept of trying to find the meaning of life, when the endeavour in itself seems almost pointless, was really interesting to read about. I loved the absurdist and existential themes.
Ahmed Azimov


أول تجربه لي مع مسرح يونيسكو ، أسلوب جذاب ومختلف ، مسرحياته بها شخصيات كثيره - عاملين زحمه على المسرح - رغم وهميتهم ، إلا ان فكرته التي عبَر عليها مثيره للاهتمام ، وقتلني ضَحِكا في أكثر من حوار ، والنهاية فشيخه
Alex
Nov 08, 2014 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: drama
je suis d'une avidité insatiable. A tel point je suis épuisé par les désirs et par les festins, et d'être trop comblé, plein et vide à la fois, que je tombe, j'en crève[...]
Je ne vois plus l'être.
Nikki
I do believe this is one of my favorite plays. Thanks to [once again] my English teacher, this was recommended to me because of my penchant for stranger reads. Boy did it deliver.
Madeline
I can tell this must be an amazing play to see, but all I could muster up while reading it was polite interest.
سحاب
This play is my favorite one.. I enjoyed studying and reading it..
Akash Bhattacharya
an amazing play for performance, but it makes a lukewarm read
Lynn
The most haunting of all of Ionesco's works. AMAZING on stage.
Kaleigh
This is one of the most powerful endings I've ever read.
Poly
Me llenó de ideas jiji :D
Catherine
Bien, mais bizarre...
Ivana
Like, like, like!
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Eugène Ionesco, born Eugen Ionescu, was a Romanian and French playwright and dramatist; one of the foremost playwrights of the Theatre of the Absurd. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict in a tangible way the solitude and insignificance of human existence.

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