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Betrayal

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,896 ratings  ·  242 reviews
Betrayal is Pinter's latest full-length play since the enormous success of No Man's Land. The play begins in 1977, with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the nine scenes of the play, we move back in time, through the states of their affair, with the play ending in the house of Emma and Robert, her husband, w ...more
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Published October 1998 by Faber & Faber (first published 1978)
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Mahdi Lotfabadi
خیلی دوست داشتم و خوشحالم بعد از چند سال که دوست داشتم بخونمش بالاخره موقعیتش رو پیدا کردم!
Saye Tafreshi
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
اولين اثر از اين نويسنده بود كه داشتم ميخوندم
و بينهايت دوسش داشتم
داستان زيبايي داشت
عكس العمل هاي شخصيت ها موقع شنيدن خيانت برام خيلي جالب بود
كاش جهان ما هم كمي تغيير ميكرد
كاش اين و درك كنيم كه همه آزاديم چه زن ،چه مرد!!
Rachel the Book Harlot
This probably works better on the stage than it does on the page. Frankly, I was disappointed.

True to its title, Betrayal is a story about betrayal and deception. The play is centered on three people: Emma, Robert, and Jerry. Emma, who is married to Robert, has had a long-term affair with Robert's best friend Jerry. The opening scene is of Emma and Jerry meeting for a drink two years after their affair has ended. The play then works its way chronologically backwards in time, feeding us more deta
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metaphor
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harold-pinter
Well, it’s nice, sometimes, to think back. Isn’t it?
Ali Feghhi
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play, drama-romance
ماجرای خیانت روندی معکوس را طی میکند و در آخر به شب اول خیانت برمی گردد. 《خیانت》تنشی است که تمام داستان را به ارتعاش در می آورد. بنظرم پینتر سعی کرده جزئیات و احساسات درونی نقش ها را بیان کند تا خواننده در مقام قاضی قرار گیرد و با تجزیه تحلیلی که میکند، خوب و بد را خود، تشخیص دهد. در کل تجربه اول خوبی از این نویسنده بود.
Arman Mohammadi Yazdi
نخستين موردي كه در حين خواندن كتاب نظرم را جلب كرد اين بود كه خيانت در اين كتاب قضاوت نميشود و تنها روايت ميشود. روايتي بيطرفانه و بدون جانبداري. اما پينتر خواننده را به همراه اما و جري و رابرت در تاريكي صحنه تنها ميگذارد تا هر چهار نفر پيوسته رنج كشند. و به نظرم خواننده تنها كسي است كه به هر يك از سه تن ديگر نزديك ميشود و آن سه پيوسته از هم دور و دورتر ميشوند.
من روايتها صادقانهاي اين چنين را بسيار ميپسندم و به نظرم حتا سادهترين و رايجترينشان حتا اگر با خونسردانهترين روايت ممكن بيان شوند، ميتوان
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Clare
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I actually listened to this as a BBC Radio Drama (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01kr71s) that starred Olivia Colman and Andrew Scott. I'd heard he'd won the BBC Audio Drama, Best Actor Award for it, and I liked him from BBC Sherlock so I thought it would be worth listening to.

This is a very interesting and thought provoking play. First of all, it's presented chronologically backwards... We meet the two people who have had an affair after their affair is over, as they are having a discussion o
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Amir Mojiry
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amir by: Mohsen Rajabi
Shelves: drama
"خیانت" خیلی ساده شروع می شود. به قول خود پینتر در مصاحبه ی پایانی کتاب (این که مصاحبه و توضیح های مربوط به کتاب در سری نمایشنامه های «دور تا دور دنیا» در پایان کتاب می آید، نکته ی مهمی است. چه این که به نظر من روش درست خواندن یک اثر آن است که اول خود اثر را بخوانیم و بعد نکته های پیرامونی آن را. تا نکته های پیرامونی روی خود اثر، تاثیر اولیه نگذارند) «یک زن و یک مرد در یک بار انگلیسی پس از مدت ها هم دیگر را می دیدند» تصویری بوده است که بدون دانستن ادامه ی آن و این که دو نفر با هم چه کاری دارند د ...more
نیلوفر رحمانیان
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ellie
بی کم و کاست! اولین و تنها نمایشنامهای که از پینتر خوندم و فقط میتونم بگم بینظیر بود! فرم کلی نمایشنامه شگفتزدهم کرد. داستان از لحاظ زمانی به صورت ریورس اتفاق میفته و حتی در همین حال هم پیوند داره و اگر به تاریخها دقت نکنید اصلا متوجهش نمیشید. ...more
Carmen
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
There are different kinds of betrayal in this play. The betrayal of friendship,of love,of time, of memory and self-betrayal. There is also adultery and guilt.
Through the play we see Jerry and Emma have embarked on a 7 affair, but the action starts on a date two years after their relationship is over and ends at the party where the spark was first ignited. Emma and Jerry are both married with kids- in fact Jerry was best Man at Emma's wedding-but they are hopelessly drawn to each other,although t
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Yael
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 כוכבים.
חביב. ריאלי להכאיב. כמו אור פלורסנט לבן שמאיר על ניתוח פתולוגי.
Sarah
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Betrayal is a play about a woman, Emma, who is cheating on her husband, Robert, with his best friend, Jerry. Ok, so the story's been done before, but Pinter gives it his signature twist and has a way of making the characters very, very uncomfortable.

The structure of the play is unique, as the story is not told in chronological order, but time is scattershot throughout the piece. I would be very interested in seeing this play live, as I don't know how they would let the audience know when the sp
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Treakie
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Largely a lesson in favour of substituting a beloved pet for best man at your wedding. Interestingly chronologically reversed - rather than a gimmick, itching anticipation is created for the first kiss, the beginning of the affair.
Alexia
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it

In Betrayal, the focus for me was largely on what is not said than what is actually said between three characters. It is very raw and conversation feels extremely spontaneous, but in virtually every scene my toes were curling with the awkward atmosphere. The dialogue is very simple in terms of words but as to what is actually being 'said' by the characters is somewhat more complex so resist the temptation to read it at lightening speed (it is a very short read) or at least read it twice with the
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Pardis Parto
این خاصیتِ نمایشنامههای هارولد پینتر است که «آزار» میدهند؛ تنها داستانِ نمایشنامهها نیست که خواننده را آزار میدهد، شخصیتها، آدمهای بازی هم یکدیگر را آزار میدهند و آدابِاین بازیها، انگار، همین آزار است، اینکه درجهی آزار را تا جاییکه میشود بالا ببرند و کار، کمکم، به تخریب و ویرانکردنِ آن دیگری برسد. درست همانقدر که جری و اِما سرگرمِ آزارِ رابرت هستند، رابرت هم اِما را آزار میدهد و وقتی اِما قیدِ همهچیز را میزند و ترجیح میدهد نقطهای بگذارد و آن پیوندِ نامبارک را تمام کند، سرگرمِ آزار جریست و باز اِ ...more
Alissa Haley
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely really liked this play. The play focuses on something we've all seen before - the ups and downs of a love affair. However there's a great storytelling structure used here: we don't see the events going forward, but instead going backward. Each scene informs the previous scene. Definitely recommend this to any fans of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years.
Amene
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
سه و نیم ستاره آن هم به خاط علاقه ام به تئاتر ابسورد،می کنمش چهار. دوست داشتم چون ماجرا بود و روایتی ساده و سرراست.بدون های و هوی و قضاوت و جهت گیری و جانب داری!
Mehrdad
سیر داستانی بسیار جالبی داشت و صحنه ها از آخر به اول مرتب شده بودند. مکالمات خیلی جالب بودند و در فضایی پر از بی اعتمادی و خیانت دیالوگ ها انقدر طبیعی بودند که تناقض جالبی رو ایجاد کرده بود.
John Jr.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-british
It's a commonplace of the theater that the script is not the show: the dialogue and stage directions on the page are only a template for what can be presented in the theater. This means that reading a play belongs in a different category of literary experience from reading almost anything else. We can assume a novel, a poem, an essay, to be as complete and coherent as the author wishes; what we make of it in reading depends on us, but what we've got is the end product. A playscript, though, is d ...more
Greg
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
This play by the Nobel winning playwright is typical Pinter. Filled with black humor and dialogue, each character is both real, and thoroughly dislikable in my opinion. “EMMA:
You know what I found out ... last night? He's betrayed me for years. He's had... other women for years.

JERRY
No? Good Lord.
(Pause)
But we betrayed him for years.

EMMA
And he betrayed me for years.

JERRY
Well I never knew that.

EMMA
Nor did I.”


What is happening? This is a play of lies. Each character's betrayal slowly unfolds thro
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AC
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is the film you want to see, not the book:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betrayal...

From today's obituary:
Pinter once said of language, "The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don't hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, and anguished or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its true place. When true silence falls we are left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness."

One of t
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Trish
I felt I'd better read this before going to see the play on stage. I have to admit, I was underwhelmed when I read it, but on stage it worked much better, as you could see the timing and expressions on the part of the cast.
Farhad
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پینتر به سراغ موضوعی متعارف رفته اما آن را باز نمی کند بل که آنگونه که روی داده می پذیرد به راستی هم دلایل آن چه سودمندی دارد از این رو نویسنده بیشتر به سراغ جریان و روابط بعد از ماجرا رفته.
خیانت یک فلاش بک است از زمان حال آغاز و در گذشته ها شخصیت هایش را بازسازی می کند هنر پینتر در ساخت این شخصیت ها نیست بل که در ابهامی است که در آن هابه جای می گذارد و آن ها با خوانندگان در هاله ای ناشناسی تنها گذارده و به سالهای پیشتر می رود.
mwpm
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
ROBERT
Oh . . . not much more to say on that subject, really, is there?

EMMA
What do you consider the subject to be?

ROBERT
Betrayal.

EMMA
No, it isn't.

ROBERT
Isn't it? What is it then?

EMMA
I haven't finished it yet. I'll let you know.

ROBERT
Well, do let me know.

Pause

Of course, I could be thinking of the wrong book.
Samir Rawas Sarayji
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really good stuff! The scenes are told in reverse chronology with the theme being an affair - where Jerry is Robert's best friend, and he has an affair with Robert's wife, Emma. It's not just the plot that makes it, or the subliminal tension of each scene, but the combination of that with the structure and returning motifs throughout the play that really take it to the next level.
طيبه تيموري
اينجا همه به هم خيانت مي كنن

مضمون نمایشنامه ی ِ خیانت که تنها 3 شخصیت دارد ، پذیرش دوستی همسر یک مرد با نزدیکترین دوست ِ آن مرد از سوی آن مرد است . چیزی که پذیرش و گذشتن و همزیستی با آن در بسیاری از کشورها امری ناممکن است ، اما گویا رویدادن چنین اتفاقی در انگلستان ، آنقدر عادی بوده است که پینتر در سال 78 چنین مضمونی را به صورت نمایشنامه در آورده است

حس ناامني داشتم با خوندنش
Daniel Simmons
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
How can a play with so few words communicate so much about human deception and disloyalty? Pain, uncertainty, lacerating self-doubt, and heaps of emotional violence reside in this work's silences, in the spaces between the words, in what is left unsaid. Love here, if it exists, is a horror story spun backward in time, a dark star collapsing slowly in on itself. Disquieting and brilliant.
Trever Polak
3.5. The structure here is much more interesting than the story itself. Very Pinter-y in the conversation style, although this is much more realistic than his earlier work. Maybe if I saw it played I'd be more invested in the story. Very well-executed overall, though.
واسع علوی
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great work. Some center concepts I've thought about for some time now are portrayed here. Made me eager once more to read plays.
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Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, political activist and poet. He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career in 1951, touring throughout Ireland. From 1952,
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“JERRY: Look at the way you're looking at me. I can't wait for you. I'm bowled over, I'm totally knocked out, you dazzle me, you jewel, my jewel, I can't ever sleep again, no, listen, it's the truth, I won't walk, I'll be a cripple, I'll descend, I'll diminish, into total paralysis, my life is in your hands, that's what you're banishing me to, a state of catatonia, do you know the state of catatonia? do you? do you? the state of...where the reigning prince is the prince of emptiness, the prince of absence, the prince of desolation. I love you.
EMMA: My husband is at the other side of that door.
JERRY: Everyone knows. The world knows. It knows. But they'll never know, they'll never know, they're in a different world. I adore you. I'm madly in love with you. I can't believe that what anyone is at this moment saying has ever happened has ever happened. Nothing has ever happened. Nothing. Your eyes kill me. I'm lost. You're wonderful.”
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