"Antigone" arrives again
Publish Date : Saturday 4 July 2009 - 16:14
"Antigone" most famous work by Jean Anouilh the French dramatist has been re-translated and published in Iran.
Ahhmad Parhizi translated the book into Persian and it is published Ney. Previously Aghdas Yaghmaee rendered the book.
"Antigone" is Anouilh's most famous work, he penned play in 1942.
Some of his books have been rendered into Persian so far; as "Becket or the honor of God", "Poor Biots", "The Rendezvous at Senlis and Dinner with the Family" and "Traveler without Luggage".
Anouilh was born in Cérisole, a small village on the outskirts of Bordeaux and had Basque ancestry. His father was a tailor and Anouilh maintained that he inherited from him a pride in conscientious craftmanship. He may owe his artistic bent to his mother, a violinist who supplemented the family's meager income by playing summer seasons in the casino orchestra in the nearby seaside resort of Arcachon.
In 1932, his first play, L’Hermine, written in 1929, was unsuccessful, but he followed it up with a string of others. He struggled through years of poverty producing several plays until he eventually wound up as secretary to the great actor-director Louis Jouvet.
He quickly discovered he could not get along with this gruff man and left his company. During the Nazi occupation of France, Anouilh did not openly take sides, though he published the play Antigone, often viewed as his most famous work. The play criticises - in an allegorical manner - collaborationism with the Nazis. Mostly keeping aloof from politics, Anouilh also clashed with de Gaulle in the 1950s. Anouilh himself grouped his plays on the basis of their dominant tone: "black" (tragedies and realistic plays), "pink" (where fantasy dominates), "brilliant" ('pink' and 'black' combined in aristocratic environments), "jarring" ('black' plays with bitter humour), "costumed" (historical characters feature), "baroque", and my failures (mes fours).
In 1970 his work was recognized with the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, major international literary award established in 1969 in France.