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Life Is a Dream (Penguin Classics)

Life Is a Dream (Penguin Classics)
Author: Pedro Calderon de la Barca
ISBN 13: 9780143104827
ISBN 10: 143104829
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2006-12-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $14.00

The masterwork of Spain's preeminent dramatist—now in a new verse translation

Life Is a Dream is a work many hold to be the supreme example of Spanish Golden Age drama. Imbued with highly poetic language and humanist ideals, it is an allegory that considers contending themes of free will and predestination, illusion and reality, played out against the backdrop of court intrigue and the restoration of personal honor.

In the mountainous barrens of Poland, the rightful heir to the kingdom has been imprisoned since birth in an attempt by his father to thwart fate. Meanwhile, a noblewoman arrives to seek revenge against the man who deceived and forsook her love for the prospect of becoming king of Poland. Richly symbolic and metaphorical, Life Is a Dream explores the deepest mysteries of human experience.