Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Sales Date: 2018-02-21
Published: February 2018
374 Pages, 5.90 x 8.90 x 1.20 in
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Titus Maccius Plautus' career is on the decline. Once renound for bringing Greek comedies to the Roman world, now he struggles to stage a single play. Unlucky with money and unlucky in love, Plautus faces the world with wry dignity. This could be the performance that brings back fame and fortune, or the one that ends it all.
Engaging, thoughtful, and funny, The Comedian dives into the rough and tumble world of arts in its infancy. Clem Martini draws on his talent and experience to bring to life the signs and sounds of a world where playwrights suffered and succeeded-but mostly suffered.
In Martini's deft hands, the trials and tribulations of mounting a theatrical production in ancient Rome ring true today . . . Martini's wit, as well as his intimate theatrical knowledge, is apparent on every page . . . The Comedian provides an enjoyable glimpse into the theatre's classical roots, while illuminating an offstage drama that, for better or worse, still defines the thespian experience.
-Laurel Smith, Quill and Quire
You really can't ask for more.
-Alex Rettie, AlbertaViews
The Comedian is a thoroughly entertaining and polished work.
-Mark Lisac, Prime Times
- Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
- Reader Views Annual Reader's Choice Award