Nathan the Wise

Nathan the Wise $16.99

Gotthold Lessing trans Edward Kemp

Published by Nick Hern Books

18th-century German masterpiece about religious tolerance ...

Jerusalem, 1192. An uneasy stalemate exists between the Muslim forces of Saladin and the western Crusaders. Caught in the middle are the Jews.

All sides respect Nathan for his wisdom and his wealth. But in a war-zone, no one is secure

Banned by the Nazis, Lessing 18th-century masterpiece is a passionate plea for religious tolerance

'This is a play whose time has come again ... brilliantly lucid translation... eminently worth seeing... a seminal piece of world drama written in 1779 and banned by the Nazis in 1933, its theme speaks urgently and forcefully to us today' ~ Guardian

'Edward Kemp's fine translation ... combines Germanic seriousness with a winning English wit ... Not only is Nathan the Wise both relevant and resonant, it is also one of those rare plays where you genuinely want to know what will happen next' ~ Daily Telegraph

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