By Jean-Paul Sartre
Of 'all modern playwrights of France ... Sartre is the main major .... between his contemporaries, he's so much comparable to Picasso. Like him, he's a planned genius, by no means swerving from his diabolical will to persevere in what all people else manufacturers as an mistakes; he's smug even if he's humble; he can borrow triumphantly from others and honor them through appropriating their lead and transmuting it into gold.
Every writer, a minimum of in Continental Europe, eventually will write his Faust. Camus' Faust was once his Caligula .... Sartre's Faust happens in Germany for the period of the Lutheran reform and the Peasants' battle . . . [The hero] ends by means of accepting males of their finiteness. [He] needs to concede that absolute strong is simply as improper as absolute Evil.
...Some of the main vibrant scenes in The satan and the great Lord are sheer comedy. For Sartre has a superb comedian experience and an artwork of the stinky, witty discussion unrivaled this day. the opposite performs are enjoyable comedies. Nekrassov ... is even a farce within the culture of Aristophanes, boisterously ridiculing politicians and reporters of up to date Paris .... Kean is a mordant satire at the snobs, the pompous roues of London society, and on their better halves and mistresses... all desperately bored via their synthetic lives. . . in the back of its ancient part, despite the fact that, it poses scary questions of the authenticity of the comic. 'Am I slipping? Am I enhancing? [Kean] asks his reflect, and his attendants. within the theatre as in love, there's just one legislation: increase, or slip back.
-Henri Peyre in The ny Times
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You are the jester. GOETZ: What jester? HEINÄICH: There is always a jester. His role is to contradict me. ] I have won. The Devil and the Good Lord GOETZ : W h a t ? HEINRICH: I have 32 won. The last light has gone out; the devilish phantom of Worms has disappeared. Well, now! You will disappear in your turn, and this ridiculous temptation will come to an end. Darkness, darkness and night over the whole world. W h a t peace. GOETZ: Go on, priest, go on. I remember everything you are going to say.
GOETZ: Oh! A new betrayal? Isn't that charming. At all events, I am used to it. It won't be much change for me. But if I must not ally myself with the burghers, the knights, or the princes, I don't quite see whom I am to join with. NASTI : Take the city, massacre the rich and the priests, give everything to the poor, raise an army of peasants and drive out the Archbishop. Tomorrow the whole country will march behind you. GOETZ [amazed] : You expect me to join the poor? NASTI: With the people, yes!
The OFFICER goes. ] Dead without absolution; the wolves have eaten his face, but as you see, I am still smiling. HEINRICH [softly] : Why did you betray him? GOETZ: Because I like things to be clear-cut. Priest, I am a self-made man. I was a bastard by birth, but the fair title of fratricide I owe to no one but myself. ] It belongs to me now, to me alone. HEINRICH: What belongs to you? GOETZ: The house of Heidenstamm. The Heidenstamms are finished, liquidated. I contain them all in myself, from Alberic the founder of the family, down to Conrad, the last male heir of the line.