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Harold Pinter on International Stages

Edited By Tomaz Onic

Harold Pinter is inarguably one of the most influential modern British dramatists. The horizon of his literary, cultural and political activity stretches far beyond the borders of his homeland, as well as beyond the theatrical and literary world. The essays in this volume deal with the reception of his literary (and political) heritage in several European and non-European Countries, offering previously unpublished research. They bring together a variety of aspects focusing on Pinter in the former region of Eastern Europe like Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia, where his literary ideas as well as political activism seem fully applicable. They are balanced by selected Western perspectives, including Italian, British and American ones.
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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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