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When Sarah Kane's first play, Blasted, was staged at the Royal Court Theatre in 1995 it was hailed both as a "masterpiece" and as a "disgusting piece of filth" (Daily Mail). That play, and the others that followed, have been produced all over the world. This anthology includes Kane's never-before-published Channel 4 screenplay, Skin. Complete Plays include Blasted, Phaedra ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Methuen (first published 2000)
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Marco Tamborrino
La vita succede.
Come i fiori,
Come la luce del sole,
Come il tramonto.
Un movimento per allontanarsi,
Non per avvicinarsi.
Non è colpa mia.
Come se la direzione fosse importante.
Chi lo sa.
Ho il cuore spezzato.
Non è mai stata colpa mia.
Hai continuato a ritornare.
Ora e per sempre.
Non lotto più per te.
La visione.
La perdita.
Il dolore.
La perdita.
La conquista.
La perdita.
La luce.
Se tu morissi sarebbe come se le mie ossa venissero rimosse. Nessuno capirebbe perché, ma avrei un crollo.


Quando io scrivo, non r
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Teresa
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-eua, g-teatro, 4e
O Amor de Fedra (1996)
de Sarah Kane - Inglaterra (1971-1999)

Esta versão da tragédia de Fedra e Hipólito, além de mais moderna é muito cruel e perversa. Aqui Teseu não encomenda a Neptuno a morte do filho, trata ele do assunto. E tudo acaba no meio de um festivo churrasco.


Sarah Kane nasceu em 13 de Fevereiro de 1971. Depressiva e esquizofrénica, enforcou-se (aos 28 anos) no dia 20 de Fevereiro de 1999, na casa de banho do hospital psiquiátrico onde estava internada.
A sua obra é reveladora do s
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dehorsmaisdedans
Metti che il cielo infuri di sabbia e di notte.
Metti che prendi la macchina e le chiavi di casa loro.
Metti che lei abbia lasciato un sopracciglio sulla finestra, con un libro accanto.
Metti che ti siedi al bordo del letto, e strofini lo sguardo sulle pagine logore.
Metti che quell’ego indifeso tra lo sterno e il cuore cominci a vibrare.

Sarah, fai male.
Sarah, ti appendi alle scapole.
Sarah, insonne e spietata.
Sarah, che anima sei.
cele
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
From Crave: And I want to play hide-and-seek and give you my clothes and tell you I like your shoes and sit on the steps while you take a bath and massage your neck and kiss your feet and hold your hand and go for a meal and not mind when you eat my food and meet you at Rudy's and talk about the day and type your letters and carry your boxes and laugh at your paranoia and give you tapes you don't listen to and watch great films and watch terrible films and complain about the radio and take pictu ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Da brivido. -La mia ossessione, che tengo sul comodino e ho riempito di segni.-

Ti toglie il fiato per quanto è bello e per quanto fa male.
Ti graffia ad ogni pagina per l'umanità, la disperazione e lo sfacelo che ne trasudano.

CATE Prima ti amavo
IAN E cos'è cambiato?
CATE Tu.

FEDRA Ti amo.
IPPOLITO Perché?
FEDRA Sei difficile. Volubile, cinico, amaro, grasso, decadente, sfatto. Stai a letto tutto il giorno e guardi la Tv tutta la notte, barcolli qua e là per la casa con gli occhi assonnati e senza un
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Simona Bartolotta
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"così astratto da essere

spiacevole
inaccettabile
non ispirante
impenetrabile

irrilevante
irriverente
irreligiosa
incorreggibile
antipatica
spostata
incorporea
scomposta"


Ecco il teatro di Sarah Kane. Ti fa provare repulsione e nausea e allo stesso tempo ti attrae e ti affascina. Fa paura, tremendamente paura. Ma è bello, bellissimo. E' forte imponente e maestoso, deciso, senza reticenze o sottintesi.Ciò che deve dire lo dice senza mezzi termini.
La bellezza è questa: la pienezza unita al fascino.

E questi t
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Allyson
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Allyson by: unnarrator
Shelves: drama, madness
The darkest of the darkest dark. Shocking. Often asked myself did that just happen?

NOT to be read all in one sitting.
NOT to be read after 10 pm.
NOT to be read when you are low (on energy &/or sun).

Crave is my favorite. I blogged a quote from it here.

Chiara Pagliochini
da «Psicosi delle 4 e 48»


Sono triste

Sento che il futuro è senza speranza e le cose non possono migliorare

Sono stufa e insoddisfatta di tutto

Sono un fallimento completo come persona

Sono colpevole, vengo punita

Vorrei uccidermi

Prima riuscivo a piangere ora sono oltre le lacrime

Ho perso interesse negli altri

Non riesco a prendere decisioni

Non riesco a mangiare

Non riesco a dormire

Non riesco a pensare

Non riesco a vincere il senso di solitudine, di paura, di disgusto

Sono grassa

Non riesco a scrivere

Non r
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Joshua Rupp
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
Sarah Kane was called a Brutalist, an aggressor, part of a movement of loosely aligned punk playwrights who wanted to blow the world’s brains out and then show it the picture. She was vicious, unsentimental, lashing BDSM poetry onto the backs of her pages and giggling while unsuspecting audiences everywhere ran from the theaters in tears. What a mean-spirited rat bastard of a writer.

Naturally she was brilliant, and I don’t agree with any of this Brutalist crap. If anything her work shows intens
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Rosanna Threakall
With Sarah Kane, you either love her or you hate her.

I hated some of these but LOVED 4.48 Psychosis.

A must read for any drama/performance student.

Tatiana
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tatiana by: susan
Shelves: top-shelf, plays
these are some of the most fucked up things i've ever read. they're also completely brilliant. both of which are a reflection of her. i've now finally seen one staged (blasted) and it was quite the intense experience. reading the play doesn't quite prepare you for the actual act of watching it, nor does it do full justice to the play. once you actually seen living breathing human beings acting out these roles, every part of it gets magnified, including the brilliance. and i'd recommend seeing it ...more
Robin
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a book that is certainly not for everyone. Its definitely disturbing. It's dark and extreme. There is rape, there is suicide, there is a tongue being cut off, limbs are removed, eyes are getting sucked out and a a baby is being cannibalized. Just to name a few things. And yet there is some beauty in the writing and in the things told.

To me there are very clearly two periods in Kanes work. The first period would include Blasted, Phaedras love, Cleansed and the script for the short-film Sk
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Sean Rees
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
can't wait to do a production of 4.48 psychosis with my student theatre group; we are going to wear all black and address the audience directly. At one point, a strobe light will go off, whilst we are all naked. I will pour milk and red wine all over my body. My best friend who is majoring in electronic dance music therapy is doing the sound design, and is very excited for his debut theatre production. Also the entirety of the creative team will be straight white men (like myself) and will const ...more
Regan
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read Sarah Kane's play 4.48 Psychosis some years back when I was extremely depressed and it struck me as the baldest, most honest & terrifying representation of the condition I'd ever encountered. Knowing that the play--which is essentially a suicide's monologue--was the last Kane wrote before her own suicide seemed to solidify its veracity in my mind: it is a missive from hell.

All 5 of Kane's plays are compiled in this gut-punch of a collection. Reading them back-to-back I am glad to have
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Leo Robertson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review pending--thinking of a blog I will write it for but I will at least post a link back here :)

Anyone who enjoys my own fiction, or has spent longer than they planned screaming into the void, will enjoy this one and feel heard and understood by it.
Ana
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: théâtre
Sarah Kane é um dos grandes nomes da dramaturgia inglesa contemporânea. Neste livro contém 5 peças e um roteiro de um filme de curta-metragem.

Blasted: Sarah Kane viu uma reportagem sobre a guerra na Bosnia, mulheres que eram estupradas por soldados e ela nao se conformava que nenhum poder internacional pudesse interferir. Entao ela criou esta peça onde a guerra se passa no quarto de um hotel, uma espécie de Huis Clos, de Sartre, porém numa versao mais hardore. Ha cenas de abuso, estupro e caniba
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Brigi
It's so difficult to talk about Kane, even though I've been studying her oeuvre this entire semester, and I actually had a 4-hour exam on this topic today. I just can't comprehend it how such a huge legacy is compressed into this one book.

Would I have ever read this if it weren't for the course? Definitely not. Am I glad I did? You bet.

It's definitely not for casual readers; I don't think anyone who's unfamiliar with the historic context and criticism will enjoy/understand it. It's dark, viscera
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soulAdmitted
“Loro mi ameranno per ciò che mi distrugge.”


Io no. Non per quello.

Se per qualche oscuro motivo dovessi ancora espormi a descrizioni minuziose, in scala, del peggio possibile, passerei in tempi brevi alle grandezze naturali e/o mi rivolgerei al giornalismo deteriore. In letteratura e nel resto della (mia) vita, se posso scegliere, davanti all'orrore - e al sublime - mi attendo anche allusioni. Esclusioni. Spazio tra gli oggetti, me compresa.
In Febbre, l'autrice prova ad aprir(si) percorsi nuovi,
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Elisa Mesiani
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
straziante.
Angelique
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
My god, the most disturbing plays I've ever read. I do feel bad for her and the fact she took her life. Despite it being the most disturbing plays ever, they are extremely well written. I think Blasted will haunt me for the rest of my life. I'm not sure I'd ever want to see them staged, because they are viscerally awful for me, but again, very well written, intentional theatre.
Kat
Jan 14, 2019 added it
Shelves: 20th-brit, plays
intense & challenging material
Boris
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Не.
Emilia Hamra
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
I shouldn't have read this all in two days.

I just woke up from a nightmare, something I very rarely have, even after scary movies. In it was a very graphic and bloody image. When I woke up it wasn't with a start. It wasn't that kind of dream. But I stayed in bed afterwards and thought about the meaning behind the violence and realized my dream contained so many themes we see in Sarah Kane's plays: the violence of war scaled down to its impact on a single individual, the need for acceptance and l
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Gavin Malavolta
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama, postmodern
5 plays, one short life. But Sarah Kane manages to release a blistering opus before leaving us. Brutal and, well, fucked up, but an amazing view into a persons mind. In some ways, reading the plays as a collection, I an reminded of Beckett, but stronger, harder. Just as Beckett did, Kane gradually pared down her drama piece by piece until only the very essential core remained; a voice, a narrative, an essence of self destruction. In other ways I am reminded of J.G. Ballard, also a master of the ...more
Жор
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
http://knizhenjor.com/2013/10/sabrani...

Полудях по драматургията на Сара Кейн, защото е тежка за четене, изпълнена с насилие(физическо, психическо и сексуално), провокира с акцентите върху смъртта и самоубийството, шокираща и брутална е. Но едновременно с това е поетична и дълбае съзнанието, отвеждайки към първичните страхове, болка, омраза, самосъхранение. На подобен фон всеки проблясък любов изпъква и озарява ярко.

http://knizhenjor.com/2013/10/sabrani...
Mirrordance
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, queer, lesbian, lgbt, lgbtiq
Scoperta a teatro.... Giovanna Mezzogiorno in una memorabile interpretazione di 4 :48 Psychosis.
Un pugno allo stomaco.........
Eppure..........
Emozioni forti, che lasciano il segno.
Scrittura esaperata, temi difficili e atmosfere ossessive e claustrofobiche......
eppure....
seduttiva e affascinante... decisamente da leggere.
Birgit
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book about a year ago. Today I had to rate my last year's top 3 favorite books and this was the first one to cross my mind. It's brutal, and it really isn't suitable for most people, but fans of transgressive fiction will definitely find something so compelling that they'll come back a year later to write a review about it!
Temz
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Когато един от моите високи хора ми подари Сара Кейн, изпаднах в екстаз. Не.
Да.
Не.
Да.
Не.
Да.
Не.
Да.
Глад.
Жажда.
И изобщо. Трябва да го прочетете, без да се говори повече по въпроса.
Живот.
Thor
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: play
A brain blender. Just makes me think of how the plays came to happen. And properly be represented. Worth the read. And the after-thoughts.
Jure Godler
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dirty.
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Sarah Kane was an English playwright. Her plays deal with themes of redemptive love, sexual desire, pain, torture—both physical and psychological—and death. They are characterised by a poetic intensity, pared-down language, exploration of theatrical form, and, in her earlier work, the use of stylized violent stage action. Kane's life was brought to a premature end when she committed suicide at Lon ...more
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