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eBook John Gabriel Borkman ePub

by Nicholas Wright,Henrik Ibsen

  • ISBN: 1854593056
  • Category: Dramas and Plays
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Nicholas Wright,Henrik Ibsen
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; New edition edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Pages: 96
  • ePub book: 1613 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1349 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 466

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1896 John Gabriel Borkman (John Gabriel Borkman).

1896 John Gabriel Borkman (John Gabriel Borkman). 1899 When We Dead Awaken (Når vi døde vaagner). English translations. Johnston, Brian: The Ibsen Cycle, Pennsylvania State University Press 1992.

John Gabriel Borkman, a former 'pillar of the community', has been in voluntary . Nicholas Wright's English version of Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman was first staged at the National Theatre, London, in 1996.

John Gabriel Borkman, a former 'pillar of the community', has been in voluntary seclusion in an upstairs room since enduring a prison sentence for embezzlement. His wife, her twin sister, his son and even Borkman himself are all trapped in the suffocating atmosphere of this claustrophobic household.

Nicholas Wright's English version of Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman was first staged at the National . Richard Eyre's production is perfectly complemented by Nicholas Wright's idiomatic but unobtrusive translation'.

Nicholas Wright's English version of Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman was first staged at the National Theatre, London, in 1996. Cast: 5f 3m. Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books. Series: NHB Classic Plays. Imprint: Nick Hern Books.

The nineteenth century John Gabriel Borkman, like the twenty-first century's Bernie Madoff, bilked his friends of their . Ibsen focuses especially on three episodes

The nineteenth century John Gabriel Borkman, like the twenty-first century's Bernie Madoff, bilked his friends of their life savings. Both were highly respected until they were caught and sent to jail, and both had lived well. Ibsen examines the impact that Borkman's nefarious acts have upon him, his wife, her sister, his son, and his friends. Ibsen focuses especially on three episodes. Borkman wanted so strongly to obtain wealth and power that he gave up what was important to him. Without realizing what he was doing, in a Faustian fashion, he gained power and wealth, but destroyed his own life and the life of another. What prompted his need for power?

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Comments

Wenes Wenes
It has been claimed by a few critics that Rosmersholm is Ibsen's masterpiece. I do not concur with this conclusion but do find it a valid and relatively satisfying play, worthy of far more productions than it receives. Like Hedda and Nora, there is a strong-willed woman in this work who manipulates weaker males into doing things that one might consider to be a bit over the top. In this instance, Rosmer, the protestant minister of a congregation in a small Norwegian town, has lost his faith. As a respected intellectual and clear-headed thinker, he is caught in an ageless battle between the extreme right, manifest in Kroll his brother-in-law, and the extreme left, the banner carried here being Morganstaal, a self-proclaimed reprobate, and Rosmer's live-in companion, Rebecca, a close friend of the family who has assisted our apostate minister in coping with the loss of his wife, Beata, a weak-willed woman who commits suicide. There is also a touch of mysticism in this play that bridges Ibsen out of his "problem play" mode and into his ethereal motifs found in Little Eyolf and other later works. All in all, Rosmersholm is a challenging play, but worth the time one might spend with it.
Hadadel Hadadel
Tragic as it may be, it is another beautiful play by Ibsen. Powerful in its messages as are all Ibsen's plays, the audience are forced to reflect on their own lives to see the mirror images of ourselves. Though it took about 3 hours to read the play, it felt like a lifetime as we followed the life of the coal miner's son John Gabriel Borkman and the lives of people dear to him.
Duktilar Duktilar
The publisher created this book utilizing OCR software. There are multiple typos on every page, in some cases rendering words incomprehensible. This is explained by the publisher as a cost-containment measure. So everyone wins! What a joke. This particular book should never have been published. I wish I had gone elsewhere to read this wonderful play.
SupperDom SupperDom
It's a pleasant read and a period piece. It was fun to read a play, which I haven't done for quite some time. The characters are interesting and the story was well-developed. Good for a nice stroll through a prior time.
Jorius Jorius
Ibsen's plays are classics. They are enjoyable, intelligent, engrossing, dramatic comments upon society. They are relevant today as they were in the 1890s.

The nineteenth century John Gabriel Borkman, like the twenty-first century's Bernie Madoff, bilked his friends of their life savings. Both were highly respected until they were caught and sent to jail, and both had lived well. Ibsen examines the impact that Borkman's nefarious acts have upon him, his wife, her sister, his son, and his friends.

Borkman spent three years in detention, then five years in jail, then, after his release, eight years in the upper story of his sister-in-law's house, for he had no money any more. For eight years he walked back and forth in his room, like a caged rat, waiting for the day that he was certain would come when he would rise again.

Ibsen focuses especially on three episodes. Borkman wanted so strongly to obtain wealth and power that he gave up what was important to him. Without realizing what he was doing, in a Faustian fashion, he gained power and wealth, but destroyed his own life and the life of another. What prompted his need for power? What did he give up? Who was involved? Who did he especially hurt?

Borkman's wife hates him. During the eight post-prison years, she refuses to meet with him although they live in the same house. Why?

Borkman's sister-in-law helps him for Borkman did not squander her funds. Why? Why also did she raise his son? What affect did all of this have on her and his son?
Bev Bev
The subject of John Gabriel Borkman (1896) makes it seem like a companion piece to some of the writer's earlier dramas The Pillars of Society or Enemy of the People, dealing with the subject of corruption, or at least an act of guilt in the past on the part of an individual that is to have a profound effect on the wider community. It's the aftermath of such a situation that is viewed here but, as one of Ibsen's latter plays, the subtext of John Gabriel Borkman is that of an act of corruption by an artist, who has forsaken the truth and love for more material gains, a theme that is borne out by Ibsen's next and final drama, When We Dead Awaken (1899), where the subject is made even more explicit.

In the case of John Gabriel Borkman, the figure at the centre of the intrigue is a disgraced bank manager who has served five years in prison for financial irregularities that brought about the collapse of the bank and the savings of many people in the community. Borkman has served a further three years locked in the upstairs apartment of the house leased to the disgraced family by his sister-on-law Ella Rentheim. Borkman's failings however go deeper than his mere failing as a banker - in the past he renounced his love for Ella in order to become a successful and powerful businessman. Now, both his wife and her twin sister are seeking restitution for the losses they have suffered and hope to achieve it through his son, Erhart. Erhart however is unwilling to join in the "Danse Macabre" that has erupted around him and wants to take off and find happiness for himself.

The hints that there is a rather more autobiographical context to the drama are found to some extent in the suffering of most of the characters associated with Borkman. Nearly all of them however have to share responsibility for their own failings - a complication that makes the role they play rather richer and more complex - but the purity of the artistic endeavour that has been lost or corrupted can be seen in Borkman's former assistant Fodal, an aspiring writer who doesn't have self-belief, or who has rather sacrificed his art for the people around him, perhaps foolishly. Borkman doesn't lack in confidence, aware that the keys to the kingdom were once in his grasp, but that his ability to retain them has long since passed and he is now "dead" to the world. The question that arises is whether the dead can awaken and redemption be achieved, a subject that Ibsen also approaches in his last drama, and to which the answer here would seem to be an equally bleak and dispiriting one.
Blackseeker Blackseeker
Other reviewers have described this play in detail, so I won't repeat the plot. I listened to the audio version and found it quite moving. This is due in part to the writing and in part to the cast, who do a fine job representing the characters they play.