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The Eating of the Gods

An Interpretation of Greek Tragedy

by Jan Kott Author · Boleslaw Taborski Translator


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In The Eating of the Gods the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy from the modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare Our Contemporary, Kott provides startling insights and intuitive leaps which link our world to that of the ancient Greeks. The title refers to the Bacchae of Euripides, that tragedy of lust, revenge, murder, and "the joy of eating raw flesh" which Kott finds paradigmatic in its violence and bloodshed. Whether reflecting on Prometheus or drawing a modern parallel in Beckett's Happy Days ("the final version of the Prometheus myth"), Kott's vision is brilliant, his method innovative, and his sensibility consistently new. Since this book first appeared, Kott's connection between ancient and modern have become even more compelling in their immediacy.

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Blackstone Publishing
Skyboat Media
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Claire Bloom (Director)

Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a car...

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Jan Kott (Author)

Jan Kott (1914-2001) was a Polish writer, activist, theater critic, professor, and expert on Shakespeare whose work greatly influenced many contemporary directors.

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Boleslaw Taborski (Translator)

Boles?aw Taborski (1927-2010) was a Polish emigre broadcaster, translator, critic, author, and poet. He was born in Torun, Poland, and took part in the Warsaw uprising as a member of the Home Army resistance against Nazi Germany. Liberated from a ...

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Edward J. Czerwinski (Translator)

Edward J. Czerwinski (1929-2005) was a specialist in Slavic literature and culture and held two doctorates, one in English and American literature from Emory University and one in Russian and Polish literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madi...

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Narrator :
Stefan Rudnicki
Director :
Claire Bloom
Author :
Jan Kott
Translator :
Boleslaw Taborski
Translator :
Edward J. Czerwinski
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