ISBN: 0802130984 EAN: 9780802130983
January 11, 1994
In Rhinoceros, as in his earlier
plays, Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in
explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. A rhinoceros suddenly appears
in a small town, tramping through its peaceful streets. Soon there are
two, then three, until the movement is universal: a transformation of
average citizens into beasts, as they learn to move with the times.
Finally, only one man remains. I m the last man left, and I m staying
that way until the end. I m not capitulating!
Rhinoceros is a commentary on the absurdity of the human condition
made tolerable only by self-delusion. It shows us the struggle of the
individual to maintain integrity and identity alone in a world where all
others have succumbed to the beauty of brute force, natural energy, and
Includes Rhinoceros, The Leader, The Future Is in Eggs or It Takes All Sorts to Make a World"