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The Balcony


Jean Genet's The Balcony, which premiered in 1957, is acknowledged as one of the founding plays of modern theatre: philosopher Lucien Goldmann dubbed it 'the first great Brechtian play in French literature'. In a brothel of an unnamed French city the madam, Irma, directs a series of fantastical scenarios - a bishop forgives a penitent, a judge punishes a thief, a general rides astride his horse. Outside, an uprising threatens to engulf the streets. The patrons of the brothel wait anxiously for the chief of police to arrive, ...

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The Balcony
2009, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571250301


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The Balcony
1997, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571192977

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The Balcony
1994, Grove Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780802150349

REV edition

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The Balcony
1991, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571152469

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The Balcony
1978, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571045952

Revised edition


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