Ghosts and Other Plays

Henrik Ibsen - Author

Peter Watts - Translator

Peter Watts - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140441352 | 304 pages | 30 Jun 1964 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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‘I am haunted by ghosts. When I heard Regina and Osvald out there, it was just was if there were ghosts before my very eyes’

The plays in this volume focus on the family and how it struggles to stay together by telling lies – and exposing them. In Ghosts, Osvald Alving returns home only to discover the truth about the father he always looked up to, and learns the horrific effect his father’s debauchery has had on him. It was Ibsen’s most provocative drama,  stripping away the surface of a middle-class family to expose layers of hypocrisy and immorality. A Public Enemy sets two brothers against each other when one wishes to make public the facts about the polluted water in the public baths of their home town. And When We Dead Wake tells of an artist meeting an old lover by chance and rejecting his wife, in a symbolic exploration of Ibsen’s own literary life and the sacrifices he made in his work.
Peter Watt’s translation maintains the colloquial tone of the original dialogue. He has also provided an introduction and notes on the texts.