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The themes, style and view of life that characterise Chekhov’s subsequent masterpieces already emerge in Ivanov. In his thirties, Nikolai Ivanov is at an impasse: “My thoughts are confused, some kind of listlessness keeps my soul in fetters, and I haven’t the strength to und...
In classical dramaturgy, the larger and richer the text, the more aspects in it speak to the modern audience. I’m most interested in the theme that Molière talks about in the foreword to the play – hypocrisy. He knows how to show us the hypocrisy within ourselves and gives us the...
Molière wrote The Learned Ladies in 1672. Three and a half centuries later, we recognise that his irony regarding phony scholarliness, in other words superficiality, evoking favourable impressions, vanity and bias, is unfortunately just as topical now as it was then....