In his Nobel speech, entitled
Art, Truth and Politics, Harold Pinter explained how he was fighting against the «tapestry of lies». It is indeed those daily lies, lies of love or of state, that are exposed in this book, which emphasises his political agenda. In March 2007, the University of Lyon (Jean Moulin) and the ENS LSH organised VIVA PINTER, a tribute to his work centred on a key notion for the city of Lyon, the Spirit of Resistance. Pinter combined a concise, fragmented and syllogistic style with a keen perception of the metaphors of our time. The most specific instrument of this great humanist lay in his representation of power games. In this volume, scholars, stage-directors and lawyers tell us how his work is highly meaningful for them. Golden Palm winners Volker Schlöndorff and Jerry Schatzberg, film and theatre director David Jones, and BBC radio producer Barbara Bray share with us the memory of how they worked with Pinter on his major plays and films.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. XII, 246 pp.
Contents: Brigitte Gauthier: Introduction: Pinter’s Spirit of Resistance against the tapestry of lies – Barbara Bray: Pinter’s
radio plays – Brigitte Gauthier: Harold Pinter and Volker Schlöndorff: two freedom fighters – Volker Schlöndorff: The Handmaid’s
Tale – David Jones: Staging pauses and silences – Jerry Schatzberg: Fred Uhlman’s Reunion – Discussion on Reunion
with Michel Ciment and Eric Kahane chaired by Brigitte Gauthier – Philippe Lanton: The Proust Screenplay and Betrayal
– Stuart Seide: Staging Pinter, my experience – Jean Pavans: Translating Pinter – Cynthia Liebow: Shakespeare, Beckett
and Pinter – Clifford Armion: The Servant and the Elizabethan space – Steven Gale: A great innovator – Jean-Marie Gleize:
Introduction to Pinter’s poetry – William Baker: Pinter’s poetry: a topological corpus – Elisabeth Angel-Perez: Ashes to
Ashes, Pinter’s Dibbuks – Gregory B. Lee: No More Heroes? The Chinese Nobel Laureates that Weren’t – Odile Belinga: Militant
activism: an experience on the ground – Chittaranjan Misra: Illusion, uncertainty and the Indian mind – Chittaranjan Misra:
Silencing rites in Pinter – Nicole Boireau: A theatre of moral values – Roberto Andò: Ritratto di Harold Pinter – Roberto
Andò: Remembering others – Brigitte Gauthier: Conclusion: Pinter and the power games of daily fascism.