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Roland Schimmelpfennig; Translated by David Tushingham

Oberon Books

Idomeneus, King of Crete, has killed his son. Or maybe not. Maybe he's let his son live, but angered the gods in doing so. Or maybe the person he thinks is his son is an imposter. Maybe his real son actually turned into a talking, shape-shifting sea-creature and is back to have a heart-to-heart. Or maybe it's all true, all at once. A kaleidoscope of monsters, mythmaking and sudden, striking humor, Roland Schimmelpfennig’s smash-hit Idomeneus details the end of a war between nations and the beginning of a war between reason and superstition. Idomeneus makes a promise to the gods, and what comes next is a fractured, mythic tidal wave, brought to life in an inventively staged quest-story.

Award-winning playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig is one of the most exciting voices in European drama. He has worked as a journalist, translator and dramaturg, and his plays have been successfully produced in over forty countries. The Golden Dragon was the German critics’ Play of the Year in 2010 and is published by Oberon Books. Oberon also publishes Schimmelpfennig’s Arabian Night and The Woman Before, while his other works include Push Up 1—3, The Child Who Could Fly, Here I Am and Winter Solstice

David Tushingham’s translations of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s plays have been performed in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. His other translations include: Mr. Kolpert, Waiting Room Germany, Stranger’s House, Jeff Koons, State of Emergency and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. He has worked as a dramaturg and curator for numerous high-profile European institutions and is currently Artistic Advisor to the Salzburg Festival. 

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