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Byggmester Solness har klatret til topps på karrierestigen på bekostning av andre.

Hans vilje til makt og suksess har forvitret ekteskapet hans. Det har lagt forholdet mellom de to unge ansatte, Ragnar og Kaja, øde fordi han har gitt Kaja forhåpninger om kjærlighet og Ragnar forhåpninger om å få slippe til som arkitekt.

Kaja får ikke kjærlighet, og Solness’ frykt for de unge...more
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Published 2003 by NRK Lydbokforlaget (first published December 1892)
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Maryam Shahriari
خوشحالم که در سرچ کتاب‌های معماری به این نمایشنامه برخوردم و بعد هم توانستم در کتابخانه‌ای که عضوش هستم پیدا کنم و بخوانمش.‏

معماری از آن دسته شغل‌هاست که چون با آدمی و خواسته‌هایش سر و کار دارد، می‌تواند توسط همه قشر از افراد جامعه با تخصص‌های مختلف مورد بحث قرار بگیرد. این که به دنیای تفکرات معمارانه و آن چه که باعث خالق و ساختشان می‌شود از دید یک نمایشنامه‌نویس نگاه شده باشد، برای من جذاب و لذت‌بخش بود.‏

هالوارد سولنس شخصیت اول این نمایشنامه استاد معماری است که در سنین میانسالی به سر می‌برد و...more
Halvard Solness is an important architect in Norway. Part of his success is due to the misfortunes of others, and his former rival, Knut Brovik, now works for Solness. Knut's son, Ragnar, is working as Solness' draftsman, and has not been given the opportunity to use his talents as an architect. Solness is also having an affair with Ragnar's fiance, giving Solness a controlling position. It seems like a fable when Solness is convinced that if he wants something badly, he only has to wish for it...more
I loved the play 'The Master Builder', I don't know why. It represents the eternal conflict between generations, the new sucessor to the old, human tragedies, sanity and insanity. I'm impressed how all talented authors around the world (even from so distant countries as Norway)express the same mystical, transcedental feeling. Artists have the ability to express these human common unexplanable feelings in an understandable way for their culture and their time. 'The Master Builder' is exactly this...more
I think this play and Hedda Gabler are my two Ibsen faves so far. I'm getting the impression that his two beloved drama topics are a) spouses lying to each other and b) crazy people. Give him one, two, three insane characters - heck, let's make the whole cast slightly deranged, why not? - and he can give you a strange and disturbing play which is nevertheless very realistic.

I get it, Ibsen. You're trying to prove we're all mad people at heart. *Hides face in hands*
With The Master Builder, we have a play that hardly justifies its place in the canon of Ibsen's 'realist' plays. True, the characters have motivations based in psychology, and there are no magical elements to the play. Indeed, even the hero's suggestion that he achieves things by willing them could be his imagination, or a symptom of madness, as his wife fears.

However, the behaviour of the characters and the meaning of their action seem to have little basis in reality. Also the play seems to str...more
Rich Law
This is the strangest of the (four) Ibsen plays I've read. It seems more like a fable than the ultra-realism you see in a Doll's House. Nevertheless, it's pretty powerful stuff.

The main themes I took away from this were fear and it how causes people to manipulate others. Not only that but I think every single character has the threat of abandonment hanging over their head the whole time. So it's typically cheerful Ibsen.

The real triumph, I think, is Ibsen's characterisation of Aline Solness, the...more
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This is an easy, light read. Enjoyable and maintained my attention to the very last sentence. As for the story line, its kind of sad to think that a talented man and his sweet wife are unable to move on from the past. God has so much more for us and "greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world". The Master Builder did not need to be tormented by the "devils" in life. The belief that for one to be blessed, someone else must have misfortune is what made him weak. Sad.
Mike Jensen
Ibsen’s masterpiece is about an old man clinging to youth with disastrous results for himself and others. Do not use this Dover Thrift Edition with its dated translation and inadequate introduction and apparatus. Look for the Penguin or Michael Myers translations instead.
Astoundingly good play. It is tragically beautiful in its construction, execution, and conclusion. I cannot praise it enough! Truly touching, but truly sad. It is a heart wrenching story about beauty, love, art, and the invisible forces that draw these together.
Another brutally frank portrait of a self obsessed man in his later years. Soleness is on par with Lear with a mind teetering towards the brink of madness. Teetering is an apt word given Soleness' sad end. Beautiful.
أحمد صــــلاح
لم أكن أعرف أن المسرح يمكن أن"
يصل إلى هذه الدرجة من الجمال والحبكة الرائعة
نحن نظلم المسرح كثيرا
"حين نفضل عليه الروايات
هذا ما دار برأسي الصغير
بعد ان قرأت هذه التحفة من المسرح
Never seen any Ibsen or read any and had very little idea what to expect. It was a bit weird but definitely captivated me (have an extra half star). It is odd to think of Ibsen writing this in Norway so long ago - before my grandfather was born as it is so different to anything else I have read from that time. I don't think I buy into the symbolism that the description on the cassette box claims - seems more of a psychological exercise to me. And beautifully performed. I think if I got the chanc...more
Help! Save me from having read this play! My brain is broken, and I don't know what to say. Claptrap! I think... or is it... aarghh...

Dare I condemn theater for being too theatrical?

A few days of distance from this, and I keep thinking that this play is to theater what a TV Soap Opera like Passions is to cinema art.

Okay, I'm not really very familiar with that show, but the point is that this is what happens when medium/genre conventions become so wacky as to produce something entirely divorced...more
Dec 08, 2008 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people reading major plays
It's probably mostly founded on the obvious architectural bond they share, but this play rings to me (as well as other reviewers I see) of The Fountainhead in terms of the hero, protagonist, the "Master Builder" himself, only here of course we see him doubtful, flawed, and ultimately fail; and on that note of the hero's demise it also takes me back to King Lear of the Steppes by Turgenev. Well written and interesting in its psychologies of character, (such as Mrs. Solsen's pain over her lost dol...more
Perry Whitford
An aging architect named Halvard Solness manipulates the affections of a young secretary in order to retain the services of her fiance and his father. He fears that they will break away from him, fears the 'younger generation' in general, which is exacerbated when he is visited by an associate of his wife, a twenty two year old woman called Hilda Wangel.
But Halvard soon discovers that he and Hilda have a prior association too. Ten years ago, when she was a girl, he built a church tower in her ho...more
I see these characters, despite the scene descriptions that indicate otherwise, talking in rooms with dirty, earthen walls bare of all ornament - the men and the women wearing drab wool sweaters and fine wrist watches. I guess maybe I'm just imposing my own perception of Scandinavian narrative art - mostly gleaned from Bergman films - on this play.

I don't suppose there's much to say about this relatively simple play. The plot and pacing remind me of a proto-Albee piece, where demons eat at ever...more
استاد معمار که همیشه در اندیشه ی ساختن خانه های مسکونی برای مردم بوده، از این که ناچار است مجتمع های اداری بسازد، سرخورده و دلگیر است. او طرحی بزرگ و نهایی برای یک خانه ی مسکونی دارد و معتقد است این طرح تنها برای آسایش و زندگی شیرین مردم تهیه شده. وقتی ایده ی خود را با شور و شوق با هیلده در میان می گذارد، زن به سادگی از او می پرسد چرا دست به کار نمی شود. معمار اعتراف می کند که طرحش آرمانی ست و هیچ کس طالب چنین طرح بزرگ و با شکوهی برای محل زندگی کردن نیست. هیلده او را تشویق می کند و استاد معمار ب...more
بسام عبد العزيز
مسرحية اجتماعية أخرى لهنريك إبسن يناقش فيها الصراع بين القديم و الحديث..

لدينا المعماري الكبير المشهور.. عبقرية معمارية فذة. و لدينا المعماري الشاب الذي يعمل تحت إمرته...

يحاول المعماري الكبير أن يقتل الطموح داخل المعماري الشاب خوفا من أن ينجح الشاب و يتفوق على أستاذه.. و في سبيل هذا يقوم المعماري الكبير بعمل كل شيء و أي شيء حتى لو كان منافيا للاخلاق..

لم أشعر بأي تعاطف او ارتباط بأية شخصية في المسرحية.. شعرت بها مباشرة بشدة.. مثلها في هذا مثل بيت الدمية ..

في أحيان كثيرة شعرت أن الفكرة الأساسية...more
Another classic Ibsen play. The master builder was struggling with associating his success with his abilities, preferring to attribute it instead to luck, and it seemed to conflict with his refusal to give up his title as the master builder. He was a confused person, uncertain about the motivation behind his work and fearful of the younger generation that would eventually crush him. Even though this lost character does not leave a good impression, I suppose many people experience a similar kind...more
Alejandro Teruel
A fascinating play which resonates on several planes. First it is the tragedy of an outwardly successful self-made builder, whose arrogant exterior only masks his inner frustrations, fears and frustrations. Secondly, it is also the tragedy of an old man who is afraid of youth and is not above ruining other people´s lives to keep ahead. It is also the story of a descent into madness, of delusions and manipulation. On another plane it a symbolic account of the pain and the price of artistic creati...more
When I first read this play oh so many years ago, I was frustrated by its lack of specificity. Did our master builder burn down his house or not? Is his young lady friend magical or not? I want answers, Ibsen!

But now, with time, I've come to appreciate the essential weirdness of this play, and how its slipperyness plants in the shoes of its protagonist. We are in as dreamy of a world as he is, with nothing certain, so at the first glimpse of salvation, of course we too will agree with drastic me...more
This is what happens when Scandinavians don't get enough sunlight; another depressing work of art. Easy read, and interesting. But you could sense from the beginning this wasn't going to go well for the Master Builder.
Jonathan Hyde
Paired down ibsen realism at it's best. But it just didn't grab me as much as 'A Doll's House' or 'Hedda Gabler'. The feeling of entrapment brought on by marriage is becoming a prevalent theme from my reading of Ibsen. Perhaps marriage is too restrictive, as he seems to find entrapment in religion, social conventions and the very limitations of the aging process. I really feel like I have a good sense of the efficiency and pragmatism within scandinavian drama now (along with seeing Ibsen's Ghost...more
The importance of living true to your life values and potential.
Jane De vries
Excellent. Ibsen is the Master!
Strange motivations here.
William Johnson
I read this because I saw Patrick Stewart perform this in Bath, England back in 2004. Little did I know but I was on a one-man tour of some of the most depressing theater in all the land as I saw three Ibsen plays and an August Strindberg epic with Ian McKellan. *sigh*. I was depressed but amazed too.

I read The Master Builder because the performance was fascinating and the text itself offers so many possible interpretations that reading it, even with Patrick Stewart in my head, still was enjoyab...more
I enjoyed the interesting interplay between Halvard Solness and the female characters of the play, I found it far more interesting then the more obvious generational tension. His evasive dialogue with was Hilda really sharp, but I strangely enjoyed his wife's part the most, she was a haunting almost childlike figure but very aware of what was happening around her but her "duty" prevented her from dealing with it directly.
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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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“A talent for building children's souls, Hilde. So building their souls that they might grow straight and fine, nobly and beautifully formed, to their full human stature. That was where Aline's talent lay.” 3 likes
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