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Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists

Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Normand Chaurette
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 95
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 08892240005
ISBN-13: 9780889224001
About the Play:

Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists (English version of Fragments d'une lettre d'adieu lus par des géologues) is a drama by Normand Chaurette, translated by Linda Gaboriau. An engineer dies during an expedition to purify a river in Cambodia. His team of four geologists faces a commissioned inquiry with minutely detailed accounts which fail to elucidate the mysterious tragedy. Rational thought and scientific jargon cloud the way to real understanding. Only the Asian engineer called in at the last minute perceives what is essential.

Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists is a dramatized inquiry in which five geologists are interrogated about the death of one of their colleagues in the Mekong Delta, Cambodia. It is a play about the beginnings and endings of all things. It is a ritualized drama in which meaning is stripped first from reason, then from authority, then from language, then from geography, and finally from the body. Washed away by the rain, both deafening and silent. It is an investigation into the mystery of the wound of life opened up by a bolt of lightening striking a primordial, featureless sea, and the return of all things to that sea. There is no mystery here but The Mystery. It is a play of specific speech, probing dialogue, investigative interrogation, but no narrative. This is experimental theatre of the very best kind because it succeeds in extending the possibilities of what can be contained by the conventions of the dramatic form in a way that does not betray either the subject or the form.

Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists was nominated for a Governor General's Award in 1987 and won the Prix de l'Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre for Best Play Produced in 1988.

Cast: 1 woman, 6 men.

About the Playwright:

Normand Chaurette is a three-time winner of the Governor General's Award for French-language drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize). Playwright, translator and non-fiction author, he excels on all levels of writing: his plays and translations of plays have been staged and acclaimed internationally, particularly in the U.S. and Europe. His own plays have also been translated into several languages. He lives in his native Montréal.

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