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David Mamet

Published by Vintage Books

The modern playwright now effectively reinvents the Elizabethan drama with his own audacious and eerily moving version of the tragedy of Dr Faustus

Having put his personal stamp on the contemporary theater, David Mamet now performs the supremely audacious feat of reinventing the theater of the past

He does so by telling his own ingenious and eerily moving version of the tragedy of Dr Faustus

Mamet's Faustus - like Marlowe's and Goethe's before him - is a philosopher whose life's work has been the pursuit of "the secret engine of the world"

He is also the distracted father of a small, adoring son. Out of the clash between love and intellect and the fatal operation of Faustus' pride, Mamet fashions a work that is at once caustic and heart-wrenching and whose resplendent language marries metaphysics to conman's patter

A meditation on reason and folly, fathers and sons, and a breathtaking display of magic both literal and theatrical, Faustus is a triumph

"No modern playwright has been bolder or more brillian" ~ The New Yorker

"Pinter, Albee, Miller. They're all looking over Mamet's shoulder" ~ New York

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