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Eugène Ionesco/ La leçon

Eugène Ionesco/ La leçon
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L’ÉLÈVE:

J’ai mal aux dents!
LE PROFESSEUR:

C’est pourtant bien simple: pour le mot Italie, en français nous avons le mot France qui en est la traduction exacte. Ma patrie est la France. Et France en oriental: Orient! Ma patrie est l’Orient. Et Orient en portugais: Portugal! L’expression orientale: ma patrie est l’Orient se traduit donc de cette façon en portugais: ma patrie est le Portugal! Et ainsi de suite…
L’ÉLEVE:

Ça va, ça va! J’ai mal…

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(Gallimard, 1954)
The Theatre of the Absurd (French: théâtre de l’absurde [teɑtʁ(ə) də lapsyʁd]) is a designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s, as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work.

“La leçon” (“The Lesson”) was staged for the first time in the ‘Théâtre de Poche’ on Februarythe 20th 1951. Ionesco’s plays are in many ways similar to the work of Samuel Beckett, Luigi Pirandello, Harold Pinter, to name but the most well-known.
´Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu, Romanian: [e.uˈd͡ʒen i.oˈnesku]; 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian-French playwright wrote mostly in French. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco’s plays depict the solitude and insignificance of human existence in a tangible way. 

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