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Outraged by the sexual perversity of this one-act tragedy, Great Britain's Lord Chamberlain banned Salomé from the national stage. Symbolist poets and writers — Stéphane Mallarmé and Maurice Maeterlinck among them — defended the play's literary brilliance. Beyond its notoriety, the drama's haunting poetic imagery, biblical cadences, and febrile atmosphere have earned it a ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 64 pages
Published August 14th 2002 by Dover Publications (first published 1891)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Salome, Oscar Wilde
نمایشنامه و درام، بازسازی افسانه ی سالومه شاهزاده خانم شرقی، که برای به دست آوردن سر بریده ی جان باپتیست یا یحیی تعمید دهنده، با پاهای برهنه برای شوهر مادرش رقصید. اسکاروایلد نمایشنامه سالومه را با وجود قانون منع توصیف شخصیتهای کتاب مقدس نوشت. ا.شربیانی
Teresa
Jul 06, 2016 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e5, n-irlanda, g-teatro
É bem conhecida a história de Salomé que, durante um banquete e a pedido do padrasto Herodes, dança a dança dos sete véus, sendo-lhe oferecida como recompensa a cabeça de João Batista. Segundo o Evangelho de São Marcos, o prémio exigido por Salomé tem como fundamento o ódio da sua mãe, Herodíade, pelo profeta; na peça de Oscar Wilde, assim como no libreto da ópera de Richard Strauss, o pedido de Salomé é motivado pela paixão.

Apesar de nada no enredo da peça ser novidade é uma leitura hipnotizant
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Jesse
Feb 07, 2010 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
So this has to be one of the oddest, most oddly enthralling things I've come across in a while. Taken on it's own, Wilde's play isn't much: ponderous, dull. But combine it the whimsical illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, and through some kind of alchemical wizardry a rather extraordinary intertextual experience is created.

The text itself seems kind of antithetical to what we now associate with Wilde: nowhere to be found is anything resembling wit, snap, humor, double-entendre. Wilde apparently
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Fernando
Dec 11, 2015 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tragedia en un solo acto" se aclara al comienzo de la obra. Esta breve obra quee Oscar Wilde toma de un relato bíblico es concisa, efectiva y de final atrapante. Tiene ingredientes claros de su obra. Descripciones poéticas, con personajes góticos como contenidos dentro de un teatro griego, donde Salomé descolla por su magnetismo sexual, que atrae incestuosamente a Herodes, su padre, mientras ella se desvive por Jokanaán, o Juan el Bautista.
Una mini obra de gran simbologia que posee la crónica d
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Tracey Duncan
Aug 24, 2007 Tracey Duncan rated it it was amazing
a gothic classic. particularly pleasing if you are now, or have ever been rejected by a man who thought he was better than you.


off with their heads!
Emily Snyder
Aug 22, 2011 Emily Snyder rated it it was amazing
My senior year of high school, I read this play as part of an independent course study of Oscar Wilde. My first impression upon completing it was: "Wow. That Salome is seriously f----d up!"

However, four years later while I was searching for a one-act play to direct for my college thesis - and having no particular luck - I remembered this play. Reading it again produced in me quite a different reaction: if Salome is crazed (I was more discreet in my thoughts at that time), then she is so because
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Lau
Mar 18, 2016 Lau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Estás maldita, Salomé. Estás maldita.»

Esta no es como las demás obras de teatro de Oscar Wilde. Por empezar, está basada en un personaje bíblico, Salomé, la princesa de Judea conocida por haber sido quien pidió la cabeza de Juan el Bautista en una bandeja.

La edición que leí tiene ilustraciones de Aubrey Beardsley, que para mi gusto acompañaron fabulosamente. A pesar de que fueron hechas en 1894, resultan vanguardistas y transgresoras aún ahora. Me encantó el estilo extraño y grotesco, por mo
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Mohammed
Aug 19, 2014 Mohammed rated it really liked it
ثمة أعمال مسرحية، لا تدرك عظمتها حتى تطلع على التحليلات التي طرحت لها، وترى كيف تباينت الرؤى حول مغزاها، كيف فهمها كل قارئ حسب شخصيته وتجاربه، وتنوع المشاعر التي بثتها في نفس كل قارئ. وهذه هي قمة اﻹعجاز اﻷدبي.

هذا العمل الذي كتبه وايلد بالفرنسية وهو في منفاه إثر فضيحة لاتعدو في عالم اليوم عن كونها علاقة مثيرة للإهتمام، تفصح عن وجه آخر لموهبة هذا الكاتب. فإلى جانب الوجه الساخر الذي يهدف إلى اﻹضحاك، وجانب الناقد الإجتماعي الصارم، هنا يرتدي وايلد قبعة المهتم بالميثولوجيا، العاشق ﻷجواء ألف ليلة وليلة
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Cemre
Enteresan bir oyundu Salomé; ancak İncil'e yapılan göndermeler nedeniyle, özellikle bu göndermelere dair fazlaca bilgim olmadığından dolayı, biraz oyunun içine girmekte ve karakterleri özümsemekte zorlandığımı söyleyebilirim. Bunun haricinde farklı ve güçlü karakterleri okumak oldukça zevkliydi, özellikle Salomé'yi okumak tam bir keyifti. Sondaki tiradını birkaç kez okuduğumu da not düşeyim.

Kral Herod, ölen kardeşinin karısı Hérodias'ın karısı ile evlenir; ancak bu durum bir peygamber olduğuna
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Sketchbook
Dec 27, 2012 Sketchbook rated it liked it
"I have kissed thy mouth, Jokanaan, I have kissed thy mouth."
So exhales Salome in OWs famous-awful play after she receives his head on a silver platter. With his religio rants, Jo was a tiresome bore. Eve, Delilah, Lot's wife -- the Bible views women brutally while serving sex & sadism girdled with inspirational asides. OWs extravaganza is wittily adapted by Ken Russell as "Salome's Last Dance." I got tangled in this Salome mischief after seeing Rita Hayworth's titular calamity in which she
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Eadweard
(Straight to my Favs shelf)
(That Moreau painting!)

" I am amorous of thy body! Thy body is white like the lilies of a field that the mower hath never mowed. Thy body is white like the snows that lie on the mountains, like the snows that lie on the mountains of Judæa, and come down into the valleys. The roses in the garden of the Queen of Arabia are not so white as thy body. Neither the roses in the garden of the Queen of Arabia, the perfumed garden of spices of the Queen of Arabia, nor the feet o
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Alice Poon
Sep 05, 2016 Alice Poon rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
[Note: this is a combined review of "Salome" the play and the opera.]

It has been said often enough that music has no nationality. Sometimes, a piece of art can transcend culture and language to reach an apex of perfection, in which music and story fuse to produce a stunning art form that grips the heart and mind of the audience. Richard Strauss’ operatic gem “Salome” in German, based on Oscar Wilde’s French play, perhaps deserves to be counted amongst such pieces.

Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet and
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Linda
The classic, biblical tale has been portrayed many times, in different ways. Oscar Wilde is just one among many authors that saw the potential in the tragedy and made the story his own, as a play. The main story about the tetrarch Herod's daughter that gets John the Baptist's head in exchange for dancing, is the same. But details are different. Historically, Salome was a more passive character, not well defined, without many lines. Originally, she didn't even have a name. She was just a price ...more
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description
(Guido Reni)

Поразрових се малко повече за информация, след като прочетох пиесата на Уайлд - едноактна трагедия, в чиято основа стои интерпретацията на библейската история за Саломе (или Саломея - от "покой", "мир"). За нея се разказва в Евангелието от Матей и Евангелието от Марк, без да бъде споменавана по име, като за първи път повече яснота по отношение на това внася Йосиф Флавий - еврейски историк.

description
(Gustave Moreau)

Интересно е, че оригиналната версия на произведението е на френски език и за пъ
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Amalie
Feb 03, 2013 Amalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
First of all, I had no idea this was a one act play. Then I found out it was originally written in French (while Oscar Wilde was in exile in Paris) to avoid the Victorian censorship.

Salome is a tale of complex passion. Oscar Wilde's Salome is not an instrument of Herodias. She's a a sensual, sensitive lover who turns into a vengeful executioner. Her mother, Herodias and the present King had imprisoned and put to death, her father, the former king making her a "Hamlet". She falls in love with Joh
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Santosh Kashyap
Oct 08, 2007 Santosh Kashyap rated it it was ok
...I dont know what Wilde had in his mind before writing this book...it appears more as a retold story and completely lacks elements of subtle wits & humour, Wilde is known for...
Huda Aweys
This play is let to listen for free (by Amazon) as an audio book here on its page on goodreads ,First you can only press the button have a name (Listen) under the cover photo
المسرحية متاحة للإستماع على موقع جودريدز هنا على صفحتها من خلال موقع أمازون ، ككتاب صوتي
تحت صورة الغلاف هتضغط على كلمة
Listen
في البداية ..



Bryn Hammond
Feb 04, 2014 Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fan of the opera (Richard Strauss). I read the play against the libretto and found not much left out. Salome is an innocent, not a monster.
Drunkenness Books
Aug 09, 2015 Drunkenness Books rated it really liked it
J'ai découvert Oscar Wilde au collège avec Le Fantôme de Canterville. Depuis, je n'ai cessé d'aimer cet auteur pour ses œuvres remarquables dont même les plus courtes marquent longuement l'esprit. Salomé est une pièce de théâtre qui se déroule en un seul acte et qui met en scène l'épisode biblique de Salomé.
Fille de la reine Hérodias, Salomé demande à son beau-père le roi Hérode que lui soit apportée la tête du prophète Iokanaan.
Cette pièce de théâtre qui se veut courte est d'une intensité incr
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Malak Alrashed
Dec 07, 2014 Malak Alrashed rated it liked it
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El
Jul 30, 2012 El rated it really liked it
(Read as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.)

This was cute! So step-daddy Herod is a dirty old man, being all lascivious and stuff towards Salomé and wanting her to dance for him. There's a lot of, "No, I don't wanna" and a whole lot of Salomé's mother, Herodius, saying, "No, don't make her". Ultimately she does, but insists that when she does so, she wants Jokanaan's head (aka John the Baptist) brought to her on a platter which Herodius was all, "Yeah, DO IT" about.

When you're a dirty ol
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Martin Michalek
Aug 06, 2011 Martin Michalek rated it really liked it
Salomé is one of those texts where the ideas presented by the author exceed the text itself. Not performed in England until well after Wilde's death, I found it hardly worthy of a ban by today's standards. But a woman trying to seduce John the Baptist (not to mention it was written by, like, a gay) was understandably of some controversy in Victorian England. Wilde wrote the play in French and it shows. One of Wilde's greatest charms is his ability to play with words and their meaning; to twist e ...more
Lavinia
Aug 29, 2014 Lavinia rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, in-en, 2011
As one can easily guess, Wilde gives his own interpretation of the biblical story of Salome / John the Baptist. Even more than the play itself (actually a lot more) I like love Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations. In fact I love Aubrey Beardsley. Period.

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Annie
Jan 18, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
Starts slowly but sucks you into its hazy moonlit darkness and lets you simmer in a sense of your own doom. I would argue on the basis of Salome that Wilde does tragedy even better than comedy.

It’s like having a dream- a nightmare, really- you feel it so unconsciously. You know it doesn’t really make sense, but that’s why everything in it feels even more threatening- because it’s incomprehensible and illogical and therefore unpredictable and dangerous.
Alene
Aug 26, 2007 Alene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Based on the Bible story of John the Baptist and how his head eventually got served on a silver platter--I'd always wanted to read some Oscar Wilde and heard this one was a little bit sexy so I was intrigued. I liked it, I think a story like that now could be even more intense, but it's written as a play and perhaps that's why it had its limitations. I liked it for what it was, for when it was written, and for the risk he took in doing so at that time.
Jane
May 20, 2016 Jane rated it it was ok
Commentary on the objectification of women and lots of homoerotic subtext, but I think for a tragedy to be successful, the reader needs to connect with the protagonist and his/her tragic flaw(s) in a way that makes you feel like with just the right amount of push and shove, the same tragic flaw could be your downfall as well. Didn't get that here.
Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Jul 09, 2015 Viji (Bookish endeavors) rated it really liked it
Shelves: oscar-wilde, plays
Strange.. That's how I feel like.. I don't know what to say of the plot.. Wilde was good with words,but I wouldn't say great.. Don't go for it if you want to finish reading with a clear head..
Andrea
2015 Reading Challenge #16. Libro nunca leído de un autor que ames
Ulia
Feb 14, 2016 Ulia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, plays, favorites
Oscar Wild is a genious
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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