Eugène Ionesco


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Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian and French playwright and dramatist, and one of the foremost playwrights of the Theatre of the Absurd. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict in a tangible way the solitude and insignificance of human existence. more »

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  • ''Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.''
    Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born French playwright. International Herald Tribune (Paris, June 17, 1988).
  • ''A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.''
    Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Romanian-born French playwright. (Published 1962). "An Address Delivered to a Gathering of French and German Writers," pt. 2...
  • An avant-garde man is like an enemy inside a city he is bent on destroying, against which he rebels; for like any system of government, an established form of expression is also a form of oppression. ...
    Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Romanian-born French playwright. repr. In Notes and Counter Notes (1962). "A Talk about the Avant-Garde," lecture, Helsinki ...
  • For me, it is as though at every moment the actual world had completely lost its actuality. As though there was nothing there; as though there were no foundations for anything or as though it escaped ...
    Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Romanian-born French playwright. "Brief Notes for Radio," pt. 2, Notes and Counter-Notes (1962).
  • Realism, whether it be socialist or not, falls short of reality. It shrinks it, attenuates it, falsifies it; it does not take into account our basic truths and our fundamental obsessions: love, death,...
    Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born French playwright. repr. In Notes and Counter Notes (1962). "Experience of the Theatre," Nouvelle N.R.F., no. ...
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