This introductory study highlights the central themes in the plays of Michel Vinaver, showing how Vinaver articulates a wide spectrum of political and economic developments in France, by focusing on the everyday -
le quotidien. Through fragmented plot, dialogue, and stage space, Vinaver creates a subversive montage of government politics, industrial capitalism, and daily life in contemporary France. Innovative and widely produced in France, Vinaver has been successful not only in theatre, but also in business; from the mid-1950s until 1982, he worked for a multinational corporation. The combination of these two careers offers us some of the most significant dramatic representations of corporate capitalism in the late twentieth century.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1992. 215 pp.
Contents: Perceptions of post-war France - La patrie a contentious issue - Work and the capitalist web - Multinational
business: unknown, misunderstood, out-of-reach economic forces - market-place values and politics in the home.