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The Ghost Sonata

The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg
By: (1849-1912)

The Ghost Sonata is a captivating play that delves into themes of deception, betrayal, and the supernatural. August Strindberg's haunting tale follows a young student who becomes entangled in a web of lies and manipulation after entering the mysterious house of an elderly colonel. As the student unravels the truth behind the colonel's dark past, he is forced to confront his own demons and face the reality of his actions.

Strindberg's masterful storytelling keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate through the twisted world of The Ghost Sonata. The characters are complex and intriguing, each with their own motivations and secrets that drive the narrative forward. The supernatural elements add an eerie and chilling atmosphere to the play, enhancing the sense of mystery and suspense.

Overall, The Ghost Sonata is a thought-provoking and engaging read that will leave readers questioning the nature of reality and the consequences of one's choices. Strindberg's intricate plotting and vivid prose make this play a must-read for fans of dark and atmospheric storytelling.

Book Description:
The Ghost Sonata (Spoksonaten) is a play in three acts by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. Written in 1907, it was first produced at Strindberg's Intimate Theatre in Stockholm on 21 January 1908... The Ghost Sonata is a key text in the development of modernist drama and a vivid example of a chamber play. In it, Strindberg creates a world in which ghosts walk in bright daylight, a beautiful woman is transformed into a mummy and lives in the closet, and the household cook sucks all the nourishment out of the food before she serves it to her masters. The play relates the adventures of a young student, who idealizes the lives of the inhabitants of a stylish apartment building in Stockholm. He makes the acquaintance of the mysterious Jacob Hummel, who helps him to find his way into the apartment, only to find that it is a nest of betrayal and sickness. The world, the student learns, is hell and human beings must suffer to achieve salvation.

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