In this powerful work, Ibsen places his main characters, Dr. Thomas Stockman, in the role of an enlightened and persecuted minority of one confronting an ignorant, powerful majority. When the physician learns that the famous and financially successful baths in his hometown are contaminated, he insists they be shut down for expensive repairs. For his honesty, he is persecuted, ridiculed, and declared an "enemy of the people" by the townspeople, included some who have been his closest allies.
First staged in 1883, An Enemy of the People remains one of the most frequently performed plays by a writer considered by many the "father of modern drama." This easily affordable edition makes available to students, teachers, and general readers a major work by one of the world's great playwrights.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
Should the truth be pursued whatever the cost? The idealistic son of a wealthy businessman seeks to expose his father's duplicity and to free his childhood friend from the lies on which his happy home life is based.
This new version by David Eldridge of Henrik's Ibsen's classic play of 1884 opened at the Donmar Warehouse in December 2005.
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Considerado el más importante dramaturgo noruego y uno de los autores que más ha influido en el teatro contemporáneo, Henrik Ibsen firmó quizá con Un enemigo del pueblo su obra más controvertida. Su protagonista, el Doctor Stockmann, denuncia que las aguas del balneario, principal fuente de ingresos del pueblo, están corrompidas y son un peligro para la salud. Las fuerzas sociales del pueblo tratan de ocultarlo y él se queda solo en su denuncia, pues la verdad es incómoda para mucha gente. Más allá de lo anecdótico de la trama, lo interesante y que sigue suscitando polémica es la tesis de que el enemigo más peligroso de la razón y de la libertad es la opinión de la mayoría. Para Ibsen la mayoría no siempre tiene la razón, muy al contrario, nunca la tiene, es la minoría la que la posee, pues «la mayoría tiene la fuerza, pero no tiene la razón», porque «¿quiénes son la mayoría en el sufragio? ¿Los estúpidos o los inteligentes?». Sin embargo, «¿Qué importa que tengas la razón si no tienes el poder?», le contesta a su marido la señora Stockmann.
Una obra inmortal sobre la corrupción del poder y la manipulación de los medios informativos al servicio de ese mismo poder, por fin en su versión original, sin adaptaciones, tal como la escribió Ibsen.
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Several of his later dramas were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theatre was expected to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen's later work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. The poetic and cinematic early play Peer Gynt, however, has strong surreal elements.
Ibsen is often ranked as one of the truly great playwrights in the European tradition.Richard Hornby describes him as "a profound poetic dramatist—the best since Shakespeare". He is widely regarded as the most important playwright since Shakespeare. He influenced other playwrights and novelists such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, James Joyce, Eugene O'Neill and Miroslav Krleža. Ibsen was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1902, 1903 and 1904.
Ibsen wrote his plays in Danish (the common written language of Denmark and Norway) and they were published by the Danish publisher Gyldendal. Although most of his plays are set in Norway—often in places reminiscent of Skien, the port town where he grew up—Ibsen lived for 27 years in Italy and Germany, and rarely visited Norway during his most productive years. Born into a merchant family connected to the patriciate of Skien, his dramas were shaped by his family background. He was the father of Prime Minister Sigurd Ibsen. Ibsen's dramas continue in their influence upon contemporary culture and film with notable film productions including A Doll's House featuring Jane Fonda and A Master Builder featuring Wallace Shawn (font: Wikipedia)