By Stig Dagerman
Author note: Benjamin Mier-Cruz (Translation)
After the foreign luck of his selection of international battle II newspaper articles, German Autumn—a publication that solidified his prestige because the so much promising and interesting author in Sweden—Stig Dagerman was once despatched to France with an project to supply extra during this journalistic kind. yet he couldn't write the much-awaited follow-up. in its place, he holed up in a small French village and in the summertime of 1948 created what will be his such a lot own, poignant, and surprising novel: A Burnt Child.
Set in a working-class local in Stockholm, the tale revolves round a tender guy named Bengt who falls into deep, deepest turmoil with the unforeseen dying of his mom. As he struggles to deal with her loss, his depression slowly transforms to rage while he discovers his father had a mistress.
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Thus the strict public control system operated by the box office was all in vain. MONSIEUR LELOUP. The promoters received their just deserts. We listened attentively, sadly, not without jealousy towards these vague Bolshevists who can find the money to amuse themselves in this way. After all ... we could tell a few home truths about them. OLD MAN UBU. It's already happened. Poor Ida Mortemart! Ida Mortemart ! Strange, symbolic creature. Alas! such a noble, solemn, haughty woman, cursed with a ridiculously noisy indisposition.
Each one will have his own special voice, varying in intensity between a normal tone and the most jarring artificiality. Using this new theatre tone, we intend to emphasise and even disclose further, unknown feelings. The acting moves will correspond or clash with the lines, in accordance with the meaning to be enhanced. This new sort of mime-play can be carried on outside the action in general, drawing away from it, then nearer to it, or merging with it in accordance with the strict mechanics called for by the interpretation.
With a kid of nine as the 56 hero, they took good care to cast a fully-grown man in the part. Well! This rascally child frankly says and does everything we used to say and do as children when we were out of earshot of our parents. But don't take the children along, this is not for them. From "Bas-aine" to "puss, puss, curly puss" there is a lot of risky stuff in it. JEAN-MARIE DE FONTAUBERT. BARANGER. Excuse me, gentlemen, permit me to acquaint you with the ideas the performance seemed to suggest to me and which I intend to publish in Autocar magazine under the title "THE SON'S EYE".
A Burnt Child: A Novel by Stig Dagerman