The Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
Item Number: 477
London: Pluto Plays, 1980.
First English edition of the playwright’s magnum opus; orginally published in Italy in 1970. Thin octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Dario Fo on the the title page. In near fine condition; no hardcover edition was published.
Dario Fo is the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature and is "[a]rguably the most widely performed contemporary playwright in world theatre" (Mitchel, 1999). The Accidental Death of an Anarchist shows that "[t]he quality that makes Fo uniquely powerful [is] the ability to wring wild laughter out of insidious corruption" (Guardian). "Simon Nye's witty translation updates and relocates the play suitably close to contemporary England. Fo is that rare thing, a far-left playwright with a popular, comic touch. And his stinging attack upon the black arts of government cover-up, manipulation and mendacity could not be more timely" (Evening Standard).