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Ghosts: A Domestic Tragedy in Three Acts

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Engstrand. And it was when your mother was in a nasty temper. I had to find some way of getting my knife into her, my girl. She was always so precious gentile. (Mimicking her.) "Let go, Jacob Let me be Please to remember that I was three years with the Alvings at Rosenvold, and they were people who went to Court (Laughs.)
Paperback, 92 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1881)
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Feb 28, 2016 Nikos Tsentemeidis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Καταπληκτικός ο Henrik Ibsen, με σαφείς επιρροές από αρχαιοελληνική τραγωδία. Θέτει κοινωνικά ζητήματα, πολύ προχωρημένα για την εποχή του (1881), τα οποία ακόμα και σήμερα δεν έχουν ξεπεραστεί
Carol
Jan 30, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HA! Not having read the play's synopsis beforehand, did I ever get a ghastly (not ghostly) surprise!

"The sins of the father are visited upon the children."

Throughout IBSEN'S entire play, written in 1881, imagine an atmosphere that is nothing but rain and gloom, and subject matters ominously dark and grim all the way to a hopeless and shocking conclusion. That is what you will unearth in GHOSTS.

What a scandalous work of fiction for the time and unexpected read for me!

Sophie
Feb 09, 2016 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
"Αλήθεια, Μάντερς, πάω να πιστέψω πως όλοι είμαστε βρικόλακες. Δε βρικολακιάζει μονάχα μέσα μας ό,τι έχουμε κληρονομήσει από μάνα και πατέρα. Παρά κι ένα σωρό παλιές νεκρές θεωρίες, ένα σωρό παλιές νεκρές ιδέες, κι άλλα πολλά ακόμα. Δε ζούνε μέσα μας, κι όμως τα 'χουμε στο αίμα μας, και δεν μπορούμε να τα πετάξουμε από πάνω μας. [...] είναι γεμάτος ο τόπος βρικόλακες. Αμέτρητοι θα είναι, θαρρώ, σαν την άμμο της θαλάσσης. Κι από την άλλη μεριά, όλοι μας, μικροί μεγάλοι, έχουμε τέτοιον ελεεινό φόβ ...more
Jenny
Mar 27, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Αμαρτίαι γονέων παιδεύουσι τέκνα."

Εξαιρετικό έργο του Ίψεν,πολύ μπροστά για την εποχή του.Οι συζητήσεις σχετικά με την αναζήτηση της ευτυχίας σε αντιδιαστολή με την εκπλήρωση του "καθήκοντος" πολύ δυνατές.Όλοι οι χαρακτήρες πολύ καλά δομημένοι,πολυεπίπεδοι,με καλύτερο (και τραγικότερο) όλων την κυρία Άλβιγκ.

Τα 4* αντί των 5 επειδή,όσο κι αν αναγνωρίζω τη μαστοριά και τη σημασία του έργου,για κάποιο λόγο δεν μου προκάλεσε έντονα συναισθήματα.

Το διάβασα σε μετάφραση Γιάννη Πολίτη.
Hend
a play about Mrs. Alving a widow,who was accused by Pastor Manders,of failing in providing enough moral guidance to her son Oswald....

MANDERS. Just as you once disowned a wife's duty, so you have since
disowned a mother's.

MRS. ALVING. Ah--!

MANDERS. You have been all your life under the dominion of a
pestilent spirit of self-will. The whole bias of your mind has been
towards insubordination and lawlessness. You have never known how to
endure any bond. Everything that has weighed upon you in life you
h
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Mahdi
"ما همه اشباحيم. تمام زندگيمان، شبحى از زندگى گذشتگان است و ما نمى توانيم خود را از قيد آن برهانيم. افكار و عقايد پدران و مادرانمان حاكم بر ماست، حاكم بر تمام دنياست و ما از نور حقيقت وحشت داريم"

دومین نمایشنامه ای که از این نویسنده می خونم، خوشم اومد از کارهاش. حالا بعداً "دشمن مردم" رو هم خواهم خوند.

محتوا
مضمون این نمایشنامه هم، مثل "خانه ی عروسک" بازنگری در اخلاق مسیحی قرن نوزدهمه. هر چند، به خلاف خانه ی عروسک، که فقط این اخلاق رو نفی کرد و چیزی رو به جاش پیشنهاد نکرد، این به نظر می رسید که میخ
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Lila Dimaki
Jan 08, 2016 Lila Dimaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Καθώς το διάβαζα μια ανατριχίλα με διέτρεχε.Ατμοσφαιρικό,γοητευτικά καταθλιπτικό.
 Sophia B
Maybe Ibsens most important work and the most criticized at his time. He makes a world record of sorts in how many tabu-themes he can put in one single play. Ibsen is realism. But it is also full of symbolism. Ibsens plays are all puzzles, every sentence and line means something in the greater scheme and all the small details fit together perfectly and seamlessly in the end. Ibsen is humour and tragedy. Ibsen was modern and classic. Ibsen was as "greek" and "french" as he was norwegian. His play ...more
Anuradha
I think this quote pretty much sums it up:

"I almost think we are all of us ghosts, Pastor Manders. It is not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that "walks" in us. It is all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we cannot shake them off. Whenever I take up a newspaper, I seem to see ghosts gliding between the lines. There must be ghosts all the country over, as thick as the sands of the sea.
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Sandy
A thought-provoking and radical presentation of some thorny social issues. Shocking in the time in which it was written, this play remains relevant through the decades to the present day. A true classic!
Hussam Hassan
Excellent quick read. Great use of symbolism, many things to think about...
Mohammed
Gengångare is among Henrik Ibsen best known plays and i could clearly see why. It was a subtle play with depth and it had great social commentary on Ibsens times. A scathing commentary on the double standard in gender roles,morality. Very critical on priests,church,patriarchal society that stand for the old ways. It had themes like that other than the clear ones in the story that drive foreward the story.

Not as modern as plays in his times when it comes to form,layout,characters but themes wise
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Sujeet
Apr 11, 2015 Sujeet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, scandinavian
….it was just like seeing ghosts before my eyes. I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts…. It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead beliefs and things of that kind. They are not actually alive in us; but there they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creeping between the lines. There must be ghosts all over the world. They mus
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Duane
I can see why Ibsen didn't like the title "Ghosts" used by the American translator. It misleads the reader/viewer about the content/subject of the play. There are no hauntings in the play, just the repercussions of a wasted life by Helen Alving's deceased husband resulting in the tragic conclusion. The play was very critical of Victorian society, the hypocrisy and double standards regarding women and class, and of religion. Strong criticism for the time it was written. It probably wouldn't trans ...more
Linda
The play was written by Henrik Ibsen in 1881.

Helen Alving is about to dedicate an orphanage in the memory of her deceased husband. It turns out, she doesn’t want her husband’s money, but to give it away so that her son, Osvald, doesn’t inherit it. She doesn’t want her son to have anything to do with his father. When talking with Pastor Manders, Helen reveals the darkside of her marriage, including her husband’s adultery. Despite her husband being unfaithful, she stayed with him for the sake of h
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NocturnalBlaze
Nov 16, 2015 NocturnalBlaze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici
Rilettura.
E' impressionante notare come Ibsen abbia la capacità d'inserire nel breve spazio di un'opera teatrale la maggior parte dei temi più scottanti e controversi che si possano trattare: il fallimento di un matrimonio, il tradimento, l'incesto, la prostituzione, la malattia e l'eutanasia, giusto per citare qualche esempio.
Il titolo originale norvegese, Genganere, fa riferimento alla figura dei "ritornanti" ed è proprio questo il concetto fondamentale su cui si basa la narrazione e da cui p
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Niloo Beygi
از بهترین نمایشنامه های دنیا که باید خوند تا دید ایبسن چقدر خوب به مقوله ی برداشت های غلط و دست و پاگیر دینی، اجتماعی، قانونی و چیزهایی از ین قبیل می پردازه که باعث از بین رفتن آدم ها و تباه شدن زندگی شون می شه. البته که تصمیم نادرست خود اشخاص هم درش دخلیه.
Steven
Jul 02, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts of past misdeeds, ghosts of our former selves, sins of the father passing into the son, mothers who will do anything to protect their offspring... This is a classic Ibsen tragedy.
Ben
Jul 25, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Alving: Ghosts. When I heard Regina and Oswald in there, it was just like seeing ghosts before my eyes. I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts, Mr. Manders. It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead beliefs and things of that kind. They are not actually alive in us; but there they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creep ...more
Adrian
MRS. ALVING: [...]But I almost think we are all of us Ghosts, Pastor Manders. It is not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that "walks" in us. It is all sorts of dead ideas and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we can't get rid of them... There must be Ghosts all the country over, as thick as the sand of the sea. And then we are, one and all, so pitifully afraid of the light...

Mrs. Helen Alving is a grieving old
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Maan Kawas
Oct 16, 2014 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great and moving play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen! The main idea of the play seems to be that “The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children”; and their deeds persecute their children from beyond the grave and as ghosts from the past! However, the play includes a number of themes, such as the various types of duty, especially, the filial duty, fear of public opinion, the importance of reputation, the importance of conforming to the social norms and values, hypocrisy, socia ...more
Miranda Starmz
Jun 29, 2016 Miranda Starmz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Family tragedy theater fans
Terribly brief, but effective, bewildering, and intense. Oswald's speeches are powerful yet just a little bit bullshit. The use of light, and the staging details, to a sunrise and media fan like me, is beautiful.
Mark
Jan 28, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, plays

I read this in a sitting after seeing a reference to it in H.L. Mencken's memoirs. Apparently it was considered quite scandalous in the early 1900s.

I'm not sure how effective this play would be in today's climate, because it revolves so heavily around the early 20th century mysticism about mental illness and its inheritance. It's a spare play, but with plenty of melodramatic elements to go around.

Mrs. Alving is a wealthy widow who is thrilled her long absent son Oswald has returned for a visit.
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Laura
Dec 17, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
Helene Alving, a widow, is delighted that her son has returned home to Norway from his artist's life in Paris. The orphanage founded in her husband's name is about to open with the blessing of the local pastor, but there are family secrets and ghosts of the past beneath the surface of her ordered life which are about to come out to devastating effect.
Matthew
Jul 28, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts is a curious combination in that it is one of Ibsen's most accessible plays whilst also being one of his most difficult. The accessibility lies in the clear, crisp prose, free of cant and hypocrisy. The themes are clearly laid out, allowing for some characteristic Ibsen ambiguity in the character's speeches.

However, the play is also difficult in that it is almost unbearably grim. Even the weather is raining throughout much of the play, and the sun at the end offers no hope. The play also
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Oleg Kagan
Jan 26, 2014 Oleg Kagan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: small-town
How past wrongs affect the present is the main question in Henrik Ibsen's play, Ghosts. Though a relatively short play (three one-scene acts), the plot is strewn with revelations that have nearly every one of the play's five characters scrambling to readjust their idea of each other, and themselves. At the outset we find ourselves in the home of Mrs. Alving, the long-suffering wife of the late Captain Alving, a secret philanderer. It is the day before an orphanage is to be dedicated in his honor ...more
علی
اشباح نیز که یکی از شاهکارهای ایبسن است که مانند "خانه ی عروسک"، در ابتدا مورد بی مهری منتقدین قرار گرفت. خانم آلوینک که زنی پر قدرت است، تاب شب گردی ها و خیانت های شوهرش را ندارد، او را در همان خانه طرد می کند اما طبق اخلاقیات زمان، سعی دارد بر هرزه کاری های شوهرش سرپوش بگذارد. خانم آلوینگ با وجود ثروت و مکنت، زن خوشبختی نیست. شوهرش از خدمتکار خانه هم دختری نامشروع به نام "رگینا" دارد. پس از مرگ آقای آلوینگ، معلوم می شود فرزندشان اسوالد نیز، به بیماری پدر، سیفیلیس، مبتلاست، و بیماری به مغزش رسی ...more
Hilary
May 08, 2009 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sean
Recommended to Hilary by: College
Shelves: fiction, 2009
Ghosts was read for my EN102 class. The play is exceptionally dark and deals with problems such as incest, venereal disease, extramarital affairs, etc. The introduction said it was one of the first plays to deal with such dark matters and was written to address situations where it might be best to divorce, essentially.

The play raised interesting questions of morality, primarily in the second act during a conversation between Pastor Manders and Mrs. Alving. All in all, this was an enjoyable read,
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Salvatore
Jan 27, 2015 Salvatore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A, well, haunting tale about sins of the fathers, about keeping secrets in order to save people. Plus there's potential incest, which always takes it up a notch in theatre...
Andriana Sakka
Dec 15, 2013 Andriana Sakka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Και σε αυτό το έργο του Ίψεν με τον τρομακτικό- περίεργο θα λέγαμε τίτλο "Βρικόλακες" πραγματεύονται θέματα όπως: ηθικές αρχές, ο γάμος, οι σχέσεις συζύγων, η θέση της γυναίκας μέσα στην οικογένεια και την κοινωνία, οι αλήθειες οι δικές μας και οι αλήθειες των άλλων.
"Βρικόλακες" κατά την ηρωίδα του έργου δεν είναι τίποτα άλλο απο αυτά που κουβαλάμε μέσα μας, στο αίμα μας απο τους γονείς μας, νεκρές ιδέες,νεκρές θεωρίες, φαντάσματα ή καταστάσεις που αναβιώνουν απο το παρελθόν, σαν Βρικόλακες πο
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Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama." Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.

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“It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life” 1249 likes
“It's not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that walks in us. It's all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we can't get rid of them.” 57 likes
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