The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

by Peter Weiss

Paper Book, 1981






New York : Atheneum, c1981.


The infamous Marquis de Sade, confined to an asylum, directs the other inmates in a re-enactment of the bloody assassination of French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat.

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LibraryThing member whitewavedarling
I saw this play years ago, and I still remember it as one of the most powerful plays I've ever encountered on the stage. In all truth, I wasn't sure how well it would hold up in a simple reading, but the themes and language are as powerful and hardhitting as I remember. Of course, the visuals came back to me as I read Weiss's work, so I can't be sure how well the work translates to a reader unfamiliar with the staged production. I can say that, as a creative play on history that interacts with true personalities and philosophies and histories taken directly from the past, this play is unsurpassable, and worth every effort to produce. I've heard there's a phenomenal dvd production of the play, and I plan on looking it up before fully committing to teaching this text--but, in the meantime, if you're a reader of plays or looking for works to produce, you should read this. It may be based in history, but its power and ideas are as relevant now as they were upon Weiss's writing. Absolutely recommended.… (more)
LibraryThing member yoursources
No play by a German since Brecht has enjoyed the success of The Marat/Sade, and its author Peter Weiss has emerged as one of the most remarkable of the post-war generation of German writers. This English version by Geoffrey Skelton and Adrian Mitchell was the text used in Peter Brook’s brilliant production for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which was undoubtedly the theatrical event of 1964 in London, and has now been filmed. It has also been produced all over the world by the most outstanding directors – Konrad Swinarski in Berlin, Ingmar Bergman in Stockholm, Roger Planchon in Paris, etc.… (more)
LibraryThing member atreic
I like my plays with more plot. But this was very moving. Dischordant and confusing and ikky, but moving...
LibraryThing member caseybp
A brilliant look at revolution and corruption. Because of this play, I will be researching and reading Sade for years.
LibraryThing member Scott_Hercher
A play within a play, in which inmates of a lunatic asylum put on a play about the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat while the asylum's director watches, periodically objecting to the political content, often remarking that a particular scene was to have been cut. It is great theater, as well as a meditation on the nature of revolution, its abuses, and means and ends.… (more)
LibraryThing member deckla
Does what a play should do--asks political questions in an unforgettable context. I saw a college production, and it was transforming. This version came with the RSC LP recording, which I no longer have. Includes Richard Peaslee's tunes for the songs at the back of the book.
LibraryThing member raizel
The script of the play with an introduction by Peter Brook and a note from the the author about the historical background of the play. Also a 7-page score for music written for the first British production of the play and a brief biography of Peter Weiss..


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