Six Characters in Search of an Author

Luigi Pirandello

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Six Characters in Search of an Author (Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore) is a play by Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello, written in 1921. An early example of absurdist theatre, it is a play within a play that revolves around a rehearsal for a different play that gets interrupted by six characters who claim to be unfinished creations seeking a resolution to their story. They insist that their author abandoned them and now they're searching for someone to complete their narrative. The play delves into themes of identity, reality versus illusion, and the nature of art and existence. Through its innovative narrative structure and philosophical undertones, Pirandello's work challenges conventional theatrical norms and prompts audiences to contemplate the blurred boundaries between fiction and reality.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 19,861 words, 46 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1921. This translation by Edward Storer was published in 1922.

Production notes: This ebook of Six Characters in Search of an Author was published by Global Grey on the 2nd February 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'Cabaret' by Edvard Munch.

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