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Harold Pinter belongs among the most prominent and influential intellectuals of the twentieth century and left an important imprint in the field of British and international literature, as well as on the political and social scene at an international level. His career began with poetry writing in the early 1950s and continued through playwriting, writing for the screen, acting, directing and actively participating in political activism. For his endeavours and literary achievements, he was awarded many literary and non-literary prizes. Among the prominent ones are the Order of the British Empire, CBE (1966); the European Prize for Literature, Vienna (1973); The David Cohen British Literature Prize (1995); the Companion of Honour for services to Literature, (2002); the Wilfred Owen Poetry Prize (2005); the Nobel Prize for Literature (2005); the European Theatre Prize (2006) and the Legion d’Honneur (2007). He has also been awarded honorary degrees from several British as well as foreign universities.
Pinter’s plays have been and continue to be translated into numerous world languages in order to be published or performed in professional and amateur theatres. The extent of his literary, cultural and political impact has thus stretched far beyond the borders of his homeland and has received a variety of responses depending on many factors, like the time and place of productions or translations, the political regime at the time and place of production, as well as particular directing approaches. The purpose of this monograph is to look into the reception of Pinter’s works in...
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