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Salomé by Oscar Wilde
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Jun 29, 2010

really liked it
Read in June, 2010

Actually, I read this play in English, not Spanish. This dark and intense play was the source of the libretto for Richard Strauss’ opera of the same name; it is impossible for me to read this work without hearing Strauss’ music. Wilde has a way of plumbing the depths of decadence that is unparalleled, I think, using language that is florid and obsessive, images that are rich and extreme. How easy it is to understand why this play was banned from performance for so long, why it so upset people of its time. Magnificent language and imagination!
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