The Golden Thread and other Plays

Paperback | July 2, 2014

byCarballido, EmilioTranslated byMargaret Sayers Peden

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Emilio Carballido (1925–2008) was one of the most innovative and accomplished of Mexico's playwrights and one of the outstanding creators in the new Latin American theater. By his mid-forties he had already produced an impressive body of works in two very different veins. On the one hand, he mastered the techniques of the "well-made play." On the other, he developed a richly rewarding vein of fantasy, sometimes poetic, sometimes comic, sometimes macabre—and sometimes all three.

The plays in this volume are in the latter vein, ranging from surrealist farce in "The Intermediate Zone" to the grotesqueries of "The Time and the Place," from tragicomedy in "Theseus" to the dreamlike permutations of "The Golden Thread." But even at his most fantastic, Carballido never loses his remarkable gift for characterization: his peevish Minotaur, his raffish Nahual (were-jaguar) are wholly believable monsters.

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Emilio Carballido (1925–2008) was one of the most innovative and accomplished of Mexico's playwrights and one of the outstanding creators in the new Latin American theater. By his mid-forties he had already produced an impressive body of works in two very different veins. On the one hand, he mastered the techniques of the "well-made pl...

Emilio Carballido is known primarily as a playwright and one of the leaders of a movement that revitalized Mexican theater during the 1950s and 1960s. Previously, Mexican theater had been derivative of European models. Carballido is responsible for breaking from the traditional realistic drama and introducing a surrealistic, fantastic ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 2, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292756003

ISBN - 13:9780292756007

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe MirrorThe Time and the Place Dead Love The Glacier The Wine CellarThe Golden ThreadThe Intermediate ZoneThe Clockmaker from CórdobaTheseus