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The stormy personal life of the great Swedish dramatist August Strindberg was punctuated with duels between the sexes, with ruthless, aggressive women usurping the supposedly male prerogative of decision-making and leadership. More than in any of his other plays, Strindberg explores this theme in depth in The Father.
In exploring the emotionally charged battle of the sexes
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published September 18th 2003 by Dover Publications (first published 1887)
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KamRun
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

نوستالژی به شیوه کتابپیچی

سیگار میکشیدم و از پنجره آسمان را میپاییدم، همه چیز در کمتر از یک ثانیه اتفاق افتاد: آخرین پک سیگار و چرخش نگاهم توام شد با دیدن پرندهای روی بام یکی از خانهها. سریع نگاهم را برگرداندم تا بیشتر ببینمش، اما پریده بود. حالا مدتهاست اگر از من بخواهند خوشبختی را تعریف کنم این مثال عینی، نزدیکترین مفهومی که از خوشبختی در ذهنم است را میرساند. دست نیافتنی،گذرا و کوتاه، اندازه یک تلالو. دست می بری تا بگیریاش اما محو شده. خب، باور اینچنینی من سبب شده تا با چنگ و دندان به ثبت لحظهه
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Manny
"Human beings can be awful cruel to one another", says Huck Finn after he sees the King and the Duke tarred and feathered. "I warn't feeling so brash as I was before, but kind of ornery, and humble, and to blame, somehow - though I hadn't done nothing."

I felt the same way after reading this truly horrible series of tableaux from a marriage that's gone off the rails. They can't agree on how to educate their daughter; he wants Bertha to train to be a teacher, but she wants her to stay at home and
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Greta
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Greta by: david
My father taught me how to dance.
Gently but firmly, he put his arm around my back, held my hand, and counted the steps I was supposed to take.
Waltz, Rumba, Tango, Cha Cha, Quick Step...
He taught me the basic movements of every dance so I could confidently perform with any partner I might meet.
Initiating me on the secrets of lead and follow, control and cohesion, my father showed me what I ought to expect from a dance partner.
My father taught me how to dance.
Hend
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it

A complex ,painful, and sad play .It portrays the tragedy of a man and his wife(Laura) struggling for the possession of their daughter(Bertha), he is a freethinker, a man of ideas. "
The will ... is the driving force of the mind. If it's injured, the mind falls to pieces. "
His wife is uneducated narrow minded, selfish,
And very cruel who appears as an evil woman and a monster
who succeeded at the end in driving him mad
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It's terribly hard to be married ... harder than anything else. I think you hav
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david
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays-drama
“To be brief, you have written a mighty and captivating work. It is one of the few dramas that have had the power to stir me to the depths.” -Emile Zola

A disturbing and honest glimpse of convenient misperceptions, manipulation and deliberately untraceable abuse, beyond closed doors.

Subject matters, discussed in this novel, occur often, are seldom mentioned, and are certainly a rarity in playwriting.

Fathers/Men/Brothers/Sons are not an inconsequential affect of the human experience.
Mahdi Lotfabadi
استریندبرگ و ایبسن از پایههای نمایشنامهنویسی مدرن سوئد هستند و پدر اولین نمایشنامهای بود که از استریندبرگ خوندم. نکتهی جالب این بود که نمایشنامه به شدت از شرایط زندگی نویسنده با همسرش متأثر میشد. استریندبرگ به سیری، همسرش شک کرده بوده و به هر طریقی حالی جنونآمیز بهش دست داده بوده و البته سالیان بعد بستری هم میشه... اما انگار این نمایشنامه بیشتر خطاب به نزدیکانش مخصوصاً سیری بوده و اعتقاد داشته اونا به جنون کشوندنش. نمایشنامه من رو یاد فیلم «چراغ گاز» میانداخت... بد نیست این فیلم هم ببینید. ...more
Zahra
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
همین امروز با اگوست استریندبرگ آشنا شدم و دوتا نمایشنامه ازش خوندم و بسیار خوشحالم که آقای رحمانیان منو با این نویسنده ی بزرگ آشنا کرد!
یه نویسنده ی عجیب و غریب با یه زندگی خیلی خیلی پیچیده و رنج آور!
نمایشنامه ی پدر هم تاثر گرفته از زندگی شخصی خودش و بلایایی هست که زن ها در طول زندگیش بر سرش اوردن...!
جالب بود که یکجا دایه داشت شعر میخوند و در پانوشت نوشته بود قسمتی از یک قصیده ی عطار!
دوست دارم بقیه ی آثارشم بخونم سریعاً.
Haaze


August Strindberg’s play “The Father” [Fadren] from 1887 is probably his most well-known play across the world. It focuses on a marriage that has some severe problems. In a similar fashion to Ibsen Strindberg’s writing is vivid and its themes are relevant even today. The main difference is that Strindberg has an axe to grind when it comes to women. In my opinion the play is superb during the first two acts, but, unfortunately, the third act is used by Strindberg as tirade towards women. *spoiler
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Mohammadreza Nafisi
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Sarah
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
CAPTAIN: Yes. She has children; but he doesn't.- What are you getting at? Feminism, women's emancipation, Ibsenism?... We- all of us- lived our little lives, unconscious as children, full of ideals, illusions, delusions. And then we woek up. Right enough, we woke up and turned round, with our feet on the pillow, and he who woke us was himself walking in his sleep.

Reading Strindberg's works sometimes makes me kind of uncomfortable, mainly because he's a polar opposite of Ibsen, who I like a lot.
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Navid Taghavi
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نخستین جرقه نگارش "پدر" در استریندبرگ با چاپ نمایشنامه های فمینیستی هنریک ایبسن (ارکان جامعه، خانه عروسک و اشباح) زده شد. استریندبرگ مبارزات فمینیستی ایبسن را "حمله ی شرم آور ایبسن به جنس مرد" می دانست و از او با عنوان "ادیب بانوی ریشدار" یاد می کرد، با اینحال تابلویی از چهره استریندبرگ به دیوار اتاق مطالعه ایبسن آویزان بود و ایبسن می گفت : "تا آن دیوانه از آن بالا به من زل نزند یک کلمه هم نمی توانم بنویسم."
نیروی محرکه استریندبرگ برای نوشتن این نمایشنامه، فقط فمینیست ها نبوده است. او در زندگی ش
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Fatemeh sherafati
با یک نگاه گذرا به زندگیِ استریندبرگ می شه فهمید که علی رغم حضور پررنگ زن ها توی همه ی مراحل زندگیش، آدمِ ضد زنی بوده.
افکار منفی ای که علیه زن ها داشته سرتاسر زندگیش رو تحت تاثیر قرار داده. همین طور علاوه بر زندگیش، نوشته هاش هم بی تاثیر نبودن از این افکار.

توی این نمایشنامه هم سراسر پر از ظن نسبت به همسرش به سر می بره و داستان حول همین موضوع پیش می ره.
Saye Tafreshi
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تاثير گذار و زيبا بود
دلم به حال آدلف داستان خيلي سوخت،يعني زنها انقدر ميتوانند افكار شيطاني داشته باشند:(
Blixen
Lotta di potere e riconquista identitaria della donna, attraverso la menzogna, la follia e la morte. Dialoghi serrati, molti richiami a Shakespeare e alla bibbia che sintetizzano l'espressione latina: "Mater semper certa est, pater numquam".
Sarah
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
اولين مرحله استريندبرگ خواني با موفقيت به پايان رسيد...
Steven
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
"Ah, my tough lion's skin that you would take from me. Omphale! Omphale! You cunning woman who loved peace and learnt to disarm us. Awake, Hercules, before they take your club away from you! You want to trick us out of our armour, too, and made believe it was only tinsel. It was iron, you know, before it was tinsel. It used to be the smith who forged the soldier’s tunic; now it's the seamstress. Omphale! Omphale! Raw strength has given way before treacherous weakness. Damn you, woman! A curse u
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BookCupid
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
Do women really have the power to drive men mad?

Once the captain decides that his only daughter would study abroad, he considers it a done deal. After all, children belong to their fathers. Heck, a woman gives up all her rights through marriage. But his wife has a different view. "What makes you or any other man think that their child is really theirs?" (mind you, paternity tests didn't exist back in 1887). After the idea gets planted in his head, the captain is doomed. All one has to do is wait
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Svalberd
What an interesting work of Strindberg's. I still have to think about this a bit, but wow. He seems to work emotional thought and real-life situations into his works with incredible ease. There is so much to think about, so much to dream of, so much to connect. A great many things are happening at once, and I can't hold them down with one finger. A play to be read twice, maybe even thrice over for minuscule details left cleverly hidden among the cracks.

There is the battle of the sexes that is so
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Greg
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
Strindberg’s play is a tragic family drama. Although not autobiographical per se, it is impossible to read this play without noting the bitterness in the family struggle, the feeling of powerlessness against an immoral adversary, and the tragic loss of control as a parent. Strindberg wrote this play shortly after his own marriage dissolved, and his wife retained custody of his children even though she showed up drunk, led a dissolute and adulterous life, and was not likely the parent preferred b ...more
Katarzyna Kulma
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's amazing that although Strindberg wrote this play in 1887, it could've been easily written yesterday. and probably it'd have been classified as a "masculist" literature!the picture of man slaving to remain his senses, his honour, his influence and the free will touches very deeply by its descriptiveness and accuracy. the struggle of sexes has never been descibed so well ever before. and Strindberg needed only three acts, six characters and the classical unity as his ally to show all this. no ...more
Sana Namaki
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این نمایشنامه میخواد ناتوان بودن مردها رو بیان کنه. و اینکه شخصیت اصلی نمایش بیان میکنه هیچ مردی نمیتونه مطمئن باشه که پدر فرزند خودش هست یا نه!
Ishmael
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Difficult to rate this, as it isn't clear whether it's a misogynistic play or a play about misogyny.

Strindberg himself was undoubtedly a misogynist. Anyone who can write (not through a character) that “Woman, being small and foolish and therefore evil . . . should be suppressed, like barbarians and thieves. She is useful only as ovary and womb” doesn't get the benefit of the doubt.

The Father, however, is a complex play that leaves itself some wiggle room. Laura, the manipulative, seemingly hear
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Hamid Hasanzadeh
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
اجرای نمایشنامه پدر در استکهلم باعث وحشت سوئدی ها و در نهایت تعطیلی اجرا پس از چند روز شد.
کاپیتان که مردی نظامی است و از قضا در زمینه ی دانش و علوم هم دستی بر آتش دارد در این نمایشنامه گرفتار فتنه ای می شود که همسرش لائورا و دیگر زنان خانه عوامل آن هستند. کاپیتان که مرد علم و منطق است در خانه ای پر از زن زندگی می کند : همسرش ، مادر همسرش، دخترش و دایه اش. کاپیتانی که نظامی ای مقتدر و دانشمندی پر ابهت است در برابر فتنه های زنانه همانند کودکی خردسال بی دفاع می ماند.
اختلاف اصلی او و لائورا در این ا
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Amalie
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of modern theatre.
August Strindburg is one of the major originators of the Modern theatre. Strindburg May have a reputation for misogyny ( read Miss Julie ) The Father doesn't deserve such a shallow excuse not to be read and enjoyed.

Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
This is a play. It's beautily written. I enjoyed it very much.
The story is about a captain who is unable to contr the wonen in hiz life beginning with his wice.

He lives with three women, his wife, his dsughter, his mother in law and the maid. The wife accusses him of not being tbe father of his little daughter.

This leaves him feeling lonely and depressed. The book describes the challenges that exists in a marriage. Tbe constant quarells between the captain and his wife leaves him feelibg bitt
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Roozbeh
به نظر مي رسد بايد قبل از خواندن كتاب پدر، زندگي نامه خود استريندبرگ را مطالعه نمود كه در اصل اين داستان تنها چند پرده از زندگي پر فراز و نشيب او مي باشد.

درون مايه ماجرا آنچنان قوي مي باشد كه مي توانست يك داستان تمام و كمال با موضوع تغييرات روحي يك انسان باشد ولي استريندبرگ به يك نمايشنامه اكتفا كرده است (چون نمايش نامه نويس است؟)
با وجود كوتاهي داستان همچون هر نمايش نامه ديگري اثرپذيري خود را از از منظر تجسم واقعي صحنه ها دارد.
وائل المنعم
Very sad play, All women characters seems like monsters even the daughter but not intentionally.

In this play Strindberg's style looks like Ibsen, So it's not one of his favorite plays for me, Another thing that effect my opinion about the play is that it seems just a reaction of an accident in his life - separation from his first wife - so it's very emotional influenced in a realistic style not an expressionism or surrealism where he shines.
Maryam Karimi
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کاپیتان، پدر خانواده دوست دارد دخترش، برتا، به شهر برود و آزاد زندگی کند، این نظر اوست. نظری مخالف با مادر، دایه و مادربزرگ دختر. اما با این که در این جبهه تنهاست، قانون طرفدار و پشتوانه ی اوست. در حالی که به نظر میرسد او پیروز شده است، لورا، همسر او، به انتهای اجرای نقشه ی طولانی مدت خود میرسد: او بر آن است که ثابت کند همسرش دیوانه است. داستان در جایی به انتها میرسد که لورا این تردید را به جان کاپیتان انداخته که شاید برتا دختر او نباشد. این شک، کاپیتان را به دیوانگی میرساند.
Alexandra Rivers
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I read August Strindberg’s The Father and my first thought was “I like Ibsen more” and --simultaneously -- “what a vile woman!” combined to: “I like Strindberg’s paintings more.”
(You know how thoughts come interweaved.)

I needed to check my first impulse (we’re talking about a classic here) so I read a few --a lot-- more of Strindberg’s plays and it’s a fact: the man doesn’t hold his punches when it comes to women. The pattern of either villainous or controlling women forms into a misogyny that i
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Ben
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Wo, how do we pass this life on earth?
In work and pain from the time of birth.
It's hardship even when life is best
And the most to hope for is to stand the test."


This is my first taste of Strindberg and I was not in the least disappointed. I have had Miss Julie on my to-read shelf for a while, but my interest in Strindberg grew immensely after reading Ingmar Bergman's autobiography The Magic Lantern, in which Bergman makes his great admiration of Strindberg's art very apparent (the "gloominess"
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Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish writer, playwright, and painter. Along with Henrik Ibsen, Søren Kierkegaard, Selma Lagerlöf and Hans Christian Andersen he is arguably the most influential and famous of all Scandinavian authors. Strindberg is known as one of the fathers of modern theatre. His work falls into two major literary movements, Naturalism and Expressionism. He is widely read in Swed ...more
“It's wonderful how, the moment you talk about God and love, your voice becomes hard, and your eyes fill with hatred. No, Margret, you certainly haven't the true faith.” 60 likes
“Yes, I am crying although I am a man. But has not a man eyes! Has not a man hands, limbs,
senses, thoughts, passions? Is he not fed with the wine food, hurt by the same weapons, warmed and cooled by the same summer and winter as a woman? If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? And if you poison us, do we not die? Why shouldn't a man complain, a soldier weep? Because it is unmanly? Why is it unmanly?”
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