- Arthur Adamov
Arthur Adamov (
23 August 1908– 15 March 1970) was a playwright, one of the foremost exponents of the Theatre of the Absurd.
Adamov (originally Adamian) was born in
Kislovodskin Russiato a wealthy Armenian family, which lost its wealth in 1917. In common with many other wealthy Russians of the time, Adamov was brought up with French as his first language, and in 1924 he moved to Paris.
In Paris Adamov met
surrealists and edited the surrealist journal " Discontinuité". He began to write plays after World War II, with " La Parodie" (1947) being his first. His work, influenced by Bertolt Brecht, is often dream-like and later works in particular have a politicalelement. The title character of one of his best known works, " Le Professeur Taranne" (1953), is accused of various things (public nudity, littering, plagiarism), all of which he strenuously denies, only to have his denials turned against him into more evidence of misdemeanours. This particular play was directly influenced by a dream Adamov had. Lesser known to the public is his prose work with short stories like "Fin Août" (in "Je... Ils...", 1969). Their themes revolve around topics like masochism, which the author regarded as "immunisation against death".
Adamov's death in 1970 may have been the result of an accidental
suicideby taking an overdose of barbiturates.
* "La Parodie" (1947)
* "L'Invasion" (1949)
* "La Grande et la Petite Manoeuvre" (1950)
* "Le Sens de la Marche"
* "Le Professeur Taranne" (1953)
* "Ping-Pong" (1955)
* "Paolo Paoli" (1957)
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