Many sources cite his birthdate asthis error being due to vanity on the part of Ionesco himself, who wanted the year of his birth to coincide with that when his idol, Romanian playwright Caragialedied. When he "floated" back to the ground and the "light" left him, he saw that the real world in comparison was full of decay, corruption and meaningless repetitive action.
His seventieth birthday was celebrated in with a series of events, publications, and productions of his work, not only in France but worldwide. For the past forty-five years, Ionesco has been married to Rodika, his Romanian wife.
Ionesco, a small, bald man with sad, gentle eyes, seems quite fragile at first glance—an impression which is immediately belied by his mischievous sense of humor and his passionate speech.
Beside him Rodika, also slight, with dark slanted eyes and an ivory complexion, looks like a placid oriental doll. During the course of the interview she brought us tea and frequently asked how we were getting on. I was born near Bucharest, but my parents came to France a year later.
We moved back to Romania when I was thirteen, and my world was shattered. I hated Bucharest, its society, and its mores—its anti-Semitism for example. It was the time of the rise of Nazism and everyone was becoming pro-Nazi—writers, teachers, biologists, historians.
It was a plague!
I remember one day there was a military parade. A lieutenant was marching in front of the palace guards. I can still see him carrying the flag. I was standing beside a peasant with a big fur hat who was watching the parade, absolutely wide-eyed.
My thoughts were not yet organized or coherent at that age, but I had feelings, a certain nascent humanism, and I found these things inadmissible. The worst thing of all, for an adolescent, was to be different from everyone else.
Could I be right and the whole country wrong? The France I knew was my childhood paradise. I had lost it, and I was inconsolable. So I planned to go back as soon as I could.
But first, I had to get through school and university, and then get a grant. When I was nine, the teacher asked us to write a piece about our village fete. He read mine in class. I was encouraged and continued.
I even wanted to write my memoirs at the age of ten. It was a story about some children who invite some other children to a party, and they end up throwing all the furniture and the parents out of the window. You see how I went for the grand titles!
What made you take on poor Hugo? But even Baudelaire sinks into rhetoric: You see, the former produced versified rhetoric; they talked about death, even monologued on death. But from Nerval on, death became visceral and poetic. In the theater, the same thing happened with us—Beckett, Adamov, and myself.
Beckett shows death; his people are in dustbins or waiting for God. Beckett will be cross with me for mentioning God, but never mind. The Tenant just suffocates beneath proliferating furniture and objects—which is a symbol of death. There were no longer words being spoken, but images being visualized.
We achieved it above all by the dislocation of language. Beckett destroys language with silence. I do it with too much language, with characters talking at random, and by inventing words. Does this suggest the influence of surrealism and psychoanalysis?
By liberating the language, those movements paved the way for us. Whereas my theater was born in Bucharest.Sep 15, · That’s the threat afflicting the citizens of Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist allegory, “Rhinoceros,” enjoying its Yiddish premiere courtesy of New Yiddish Rep, which recently produced Author: Alexis Soloski.
To ask other readers questions about Rhinoceros and Other Plays, please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Rhinoceros and Other Plays Ionesco, a man who spent his life in Romania and France, is an exceptional writer.
This collection was of his plays, but he writes prose and poety also 4/5. Rhinoceros is a commentary on Nazism and a result of Ionesco's experiences with fascism, yet it is extremely readable, if one remembers not to take it to seriously.
That being said, the lessons it offers are serious, concerning groupthink, the absence of rational thought in humanity, and the slippery slope to an unconventional, self-destructive. Plot Overview. Rhinoceros begins in a small town square where Jean, an efficient, refined young man, meets his semi-alcoholic and fully apathetic friend, Berenger, for a drink.
Jean upbraids Berenger for his drinking habits and his aimlessness. Soon, a rhinoceros runs through the square (off-stage), shocking all the townspeople with the exception of the indifferent Berenger.
Jul 19, · Eugene Ionesco’s seminal absurdist satire, “Rhinoceros,” is staged by Pacific Resident Theatre in a disconcertingly timely revival. Philip Brandes reviews.
Eugene Ionesco has ratings and 1 review. Heather said: People should not be sheep! Or rhinoceroses! And absurdist theater is easy to understand, even /5(1).