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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 November 19th 1997 by Faber Faber (first published 1951)
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Huda Yahya

الكراسي ليوجين يونسكو


قيل أن مسرح العبث يبدو وكأنه مخلوقا فرنسيا
فرواده أداموف و يونسكو و بيكيت برغم أصولهما المختلفة
كتبوا أغلب نصوصهم بالفرنسية
مما يثير حيرة وتعجب البعض

والكراسي لا تشذ عن هذه القاعدة
فقد كتبها يونسكو بالفرنسية ونشرها لأول مرة عام 1951

وهي واحدة من أشهر مسرحيات العبث في تاريخ الأدب
ومن أكثرها جمالا كذلك

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في ظاهرها تبدو المسرحية بلا معنى من أي نوع
مجرد هذيان كتابي لا تخرج منه بشيء
وفي الحقيقة الأمر بعيد كل البعد عن ذلك
والمتعة العقلية التي ننالها من مسرحية كهذه ليست بالهينة

تحكي المسر
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Les Chaises, Eugène Ionesco
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هشتم آگوست سال 2004 میلادی
عنوان: صندلیها؛ نویسنده: اوژن یونسکو؛ مترجم، مهدی زمانیان، شیراز، ؟135، در 98 ص؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان فرانسوی - قرن 20 م
عنوان: صندلیها؛ نویسنده: اوژن یونسکو؛ مترجم، سحر داوری، تهران، تجربه دفتر ویراسته، 1381، در 125 ص؛
عنوان: صندلیها؛ نویسنده: اوژن یونسکو؛ مترجم، احمد کامیابی مسک، تهران، دانشگاه تهران؛ 1387، در 150 ص؛ شابک: 9789640358351؛
عنوان: صندلیها؛ نویسنده: اوژن یونسکو؛ مترجم، علی باش، مشهد، انتشارات ترانه؛
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Fatemeh sherafati
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
از بین آثار یونسکو نمایشنامه ی صندلی ها بیشتر از سایر نمایش نامه هایش برایم دلنشین بوده است.
صندلی ها در 70 صفحه هیچ را به طرز دلنشین و ملموسی به شما نشان می دهند.
پیرمردی که سال ها برای دلخوش کردن خود، خود را فرمانده می خواند. بی آنکه خودش از جهل خودش آگاه باشد. تنها این خواننده است که می داند مرد در جزیره ای به همراه همسرش تنها زندگی می کند. و فرمانده ی هیچ است.
یونسکو در این کتاب روابط انسانی را هیچ می خواندو نه پوچ.
زبان و کلمات در صفحات کتاب مدام و مدام پست می شوند. بارها و بارها به چشم می آی
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Pooya Kiani
تئاتر، معماری متحرک است. ...more
Linda
The play, written by Eugène Ionesco, consists of an Old Man and an Old Woman, moving around many chairs. It's one of the plays that became the foundation for a theatrical movement called Théâtre de l'Absurde.

There are only two people in the play, except the orator that make an entrance later. The other characters are invisible. Perhaps the Old Man och Old Women are the only ones left in the world. Perhaps an apocalypse has destroyed the earth, leaving nothing behind. They say that there is no Pa
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Susan
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Michelle Lynne
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Conor Morgan
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Not sure if it's pretentious or really really intellectual, either way though, it doesn't really make sense, and is therefore interesting yet hard to enjoy.
Michael
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Поздравляю вас от души, сразу видно - вы очень любимы самим собою.
Indu Muralidharan
I was unable to get the point of 'The Birthday Party' and was not sure about picking up yet another play belonging to the theatre of the absurd. But reading 'The Chairs' was an experience by itself, so much that I could see the play unfold scene by scene through the pages, in spite of the cryptic stage settings, the large cast of invisible characters and the disconnected, often meandering dialogue. The play remains open to a number of interpretations - it is never clarified if the main character ...more
Aziz LeAziz
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
le vide ontologique
Mateo R.
Me hizo acordar un poco a Fin de partida de Samuel Beckett: teatro del absurdo, escenario bastante despojado y supuestamente aislado del mundo de la diégesis, veladas alusiones post-apocalípticas, actitudes patéticas. El tema de la obra parece ser la imposibilidad de la comunicación, como en El rinoceronte. Al ser una farsa y encima teatro del absurdo, las situaciones son poco realistas y es difícil encontrarle la continuidad y el sentido a los diálogos. Hay que dejarse llevar por la atmósfera d ...more
ivana18
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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ბექა
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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სადღაც ეწერა აბსურდის თეატრის იდეა ამ პიესიდან მოდისო,ალბათ მასეა.საერთოდ ალბათ მეტი ეფექტისთვის თეატრში ჯობს დადგმების ნახვა,ვიდრე ტექსტური სახით კითხვა,ეს მასე იქნება.მაგრამ სკამები ამ ფორმატითაც ძალიან კარგია(სკამები>მელოტი მომღერალი ქალი>გაკვეთილი)
აქვე რევიუებს გადავავლე თვალი და ყველას ერთმანეთისგან განსხვავებული მოსაზრება აქვს დაფიქსირებული.მათ შორის ჩემი მოსაზრებისგან განსხვავებული,ალბათ მასეც უნდა იყოს.
პიესაში რა ხდება - მოხუცი ცოლ-ქმარი,ბევრი ცარიელი სკამი და ბევრი მოწვეული უხილავ
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Ali
Jun 27, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Mia
Sep 11, 2012 added it
O piesa absurda despre viata si timpul ireversibil, despre cum acesta isi bate joc de noi si cum incercam din rasputeri sa il manipulam prin memorii. Batranul si Batrana, doua personaje care isi regreta viata si si-o amintesc fiecare cum vor, nu stiu decat sa traiasca unul langa celalalt, se contopesc. Ei asteapta oaspeti - care vin, imaginari, la un discurs, o dorinta din tinerete, acea schimbare in lume care nu apare niciodata, caci Oratorul, absurd, si singurul la fel de real aici ca cei doi, ...more
Karla Hernández Krugmann
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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Rick Homuth
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Ahmed Abdelazim
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing


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
Kauane Borges
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Madeline
Jun 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Madeline by: Ji
I can tell this must be an amazing play to see, but all I could muster up while reading it was polite interest.
Ben Schaffer
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
True
Nikki
Jul 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
سحاب
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This play is my favorite one.. I enjoyed studying and reading it..
Catherine
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bien, mais bizarre...
Poly
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Me llenó de ideas jiji :D
Elena Neacşu
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sensul absurd al vieții.
"Vom lăsa urme, noi suntem oameni, nu orașe."
Shima Masoumi
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
تئاتر نو را بايد به فرانسه خواند! و يونسكو را فرانسوي تر!
Zohal
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Well ... this was insane!!!

So well-crafted!
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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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