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Eugene Ionesco
(1912-1994) born on
Nov 26
Romanian-French dramatist. His one-act "antiplay" "La Cantatrice Chauve," 1949 (The Bald Soprano) inspired a revolution in dramatic techniques including parody and slapstick.
         
   
F
The universe seems to me infinitely strange and foreign. At such a moment I gaze upon it with a mixture of anguish and euphoria; separate from the universe, as though placed at a certain distance outside it . . .

R
The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all. . . . I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it.
A
Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.
N
No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.
K
An avant-garde man is like an enemy inside a city he is bent on destroying, against which he rebels; for like any system of government, an established form of expression is also a form of oppression.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Notes and Counter-Notes, pt. 2, "Interviews: Brief Notes for Radio," 1962.
R: "Present Past - Past Present," ch. 5, 1968.
A: In "International Herald Tribune," (Paris), 17 Jun 1988.
N: "The Playwright's Role," in "Observer," (London), 29 Jun 1958; repr. in "Notes and Counter-Notes," pt. 2, 1962.
K: "A Talk about the Avant-Garde," lecture, Jun 1959, Helsinki.
   


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