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Paul Bowles

PAUL BOWLES  (1910 - 1999)

Nationality:    USA
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No Exit

No Exit

Three people find themselves in Hell after a lifetime of living badly. Inez and Estelle are sexual predators - Estelle heterosexual and Inez not. Cradeau is a self-regarding prig and a coward. (Estelle is in addition hopelessly vain. It is a particular feature of her Hell that there are no mirrors.). For the three of them, Hell is a room in a bad hotel, with dusty Swedish-modern furnishings. They quickly get down to the business of ferreting out each other's sins, thus revealing the acts which have landed them in Hell. ('They've made a saving in their hired help,'Inez observes. 'Each of us is the torturer of the other two.') armed with this information, they each use it as a club to achieve their impossible objectives: Estelle, to win the love of Cradeau; Inez, to win the love of Estelle; and Cradeau, to lie down in silence with a handkerchief over his face. When they are not so employed they tune in to see how they are regarded, post mortem, in life. It is invariably a disappointment. 'Hell is other people,'Cradeau observes famously at the end of the play, but he is wrong. Hell is these other people who are so fatuous and obnoxious that they would make Mother Therese mutter and curse, and St. Francis of assisi bang his head against the wall. There are plenty of people, including Sartre himself, who would be swell company throughout eternity, even in a bad hotel room.

Original Playwright - Jean-Paul Sartre

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