Upstaged

Jacques Jouet (Author) Leland De La Durantaye (Translator)
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Description

Two minutes into the second act, there is a knock on Nicolas Boehlmer's dressing-room door, just as he's smoking his last cigarette before having to go back on stage... and, without thinking, he says, "Come in," still in character. He quickly finds himself bound, gagged, and stripped by a man who appears to be his mirror image: costumed in the same wig, makeup, and clothes. Nicolas is powerless to prevent his usurper from going out and playing his role--with increasingly ridiculous consequences. Is this "upstaging" the act of a depraved amateur? Sabotage by a rival? A piece of guerrilla theater? A political statement? Whatever the cause, Nicolas and his fellow actors soon find their play--and their lives--making less and less sense, as the parts they play come under assault by this irrational intruder.

Product Details

Price
$14.95  $13.75
Publisher
Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date
June 14, 2011
Pages
87
Dimensions
5.0 X 0.4 X 7.8 inches | 0.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781564785749
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About the Author

Jacques Jouet was elected to the Oulipo in 1983. He is the author of more than sixty texts in a variety of genres-novels, poetry, plays, literary criticism, and short fiction-including the novels Mountain R (part of his La Re?publique roman cycle), Savage, and Upstaged, all published by Dalkey Archive.
Leland de la Durantaye is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of"Style is Matter: The Moral Art of Vladimir Nabokov"and "Giorgio Agamben: A Critical Introduction".