THE MASTER OF SANTIAGO and  by Henry de Montherlant

THE MASTER OF SANTIAGO and

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A group of unusual and startling plays by the French writer, subject of impassioned discussion in France but little known in this country. Even in translation the plays included here -- The Master of Santiago and its sequel, Tomorrow the Dawn, and Queen Death -- reveal the playwright's restless, flailing preoccupation with time-paralysing encounters between tired men and their self-imposed destinies. There are proud, unhappy royalty, bewildered bourgeousie, icily civilized courtiers, fathers, sons and daughters, lovely innocents -- all realized with a brilliant clarity in which incisive portraiture brings no distorting emphasis. The plays are often discursive, and in the main, unpleasant in the preoccupation with socially, politically, sanctioned murder and spiritual aridity, but even in the reading, the dramatic values are evident.

Pub Date: July 23rd, 1951
Publisher: Knopf