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The Great Retreat and Other Plays


This selection of plays offers an overview of Lee Gun-sam’s attempts to portray the socially-underprivileged people’s ‘heroic’ struggle to assert their human dignity in a society swarming with time-serving snobs and hypocrites. Lee Gun-sam’s heartstring was always attached to those who remain honest to themselves and fight for their moral principles. His favorite characters, without exception, are those who adhere to the values they cherish, living in a world that asks for compromise and self-suppression for survival. The protagonists in his plays are neither ‘tragic’ nor ‘comic’: they traverse the borderline between the two realms, stereotyped by dramatic convention. Each of them looms as an everyman-figure: he or she can be any of us. As the main character in The Last Performance of an Old Actor bids farewell to his audience, we realize that his real grand ‘performance’ was not on the man-made stage that he has lived for, but on the stage of life, as all of us must. .


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Original Books (1)

Library Catalogue (1)

Translated Books (3)

LTI Korea Library Holdings