The â€˜Theatre of the Absurdâ€™ has become a familiar term to describe a group of radical European playwrights â€“ writers such as Samuel Beckett, EugÃ¨ne Ionesco, Jean Genet and Harold Pinter â€“ whose dark, funny and humane dramas wrestled profoundly with the meaningless absurdity of the human condition.
It is a testament to the power and insight of Martin Esslinâ€™s landmark work, originally published in 1961, that its title should enter the English language in the way that it has. Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series with a new preface by Marvin Carlson, The Theatre of the Absurd remains to this day a clear-eyed work of criticism on a compelling period of European writing.
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