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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reception of his literary (and political) heritage in several European and non-European Countries, offering previously unpublished research.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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Italy and the Italian audience have always appreciated Harold Pinter’s work. His plays were translated into Italian almost immediately, and the first critical monograph about his writing style, edited by the famous Italian theatre critic, Guido Davico Bonino (Il teatro di Harold Pinter), was published relatively early, in 1977. The first book containing a selection of Pinter’s works was published by Einaudi, Turin in 1972 under the title of Teatro. It contains all the works as published soon after their first staging by the Italian theatre magazine Sipario (Bompiani, Milan and Rome) in translations by Romeo De’ Baggi, Laura Del Bono and Elio Nissim: Il compleanno (The Birthday Party), La stanza (The Room), Il calapranzi (The Dumb Waiter), Il guardiano (The Caretaker), Un leggero malessere (A Slight Ache), Una serata fuori (A Night Out), La collezione (The Collection), L’amante (The Lover), I nani (The Dwarfs), Il ritorno a casa (The Homecoming), Notte (Night). Sipario also published all the first reviews of Pinter’s plays both in London and in Italy. In the 1970s and 80s, Einaudi published Pinter’s works singly, edited by the Italian theatre scholar Guido Davico Bonino for its theatre series Teatro.

In 1994, a new translation of Pinter’s plays was commissioned from Alessandra Serra, who eventually became the playwright’s official Italian translator. Therefore, an updated collection of translations of Pinter’s plays in two volumes was published in 1996 in Turin by Einaudi. They appeared as Teatro. Volume I (Il...

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