Best Athol Fugard books

Master Harold and the Boys: A Play (Vintage International)

Athol Fugard

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A compelling drama of South African apartheid and a universal coming-of-age story, from "the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world" (Time).

Originally produced in 1982, "Master Harold and the Boys" is now an acknowledged classic of the stage, whose themes of injustice, racism, friendship, and reconciliation traverse borders and time.

Blood Knot and Other Plays

Athol Fugard

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These three Port Elizabeth plays, which established South African playwright Athol Fugard's international reputation more than twenty years ago, examine with passion and grace close family relationships strained almost unendurably by the harshest of economic and political conditions. "A rare playwright, who could be a primary candidate for either the Nobel Prize in Literature or the Nobel Peace Prize."--Mel Gussow, The New Yorker

Statements

Athol Fugard

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Developed in workshops with award-winning actors, these are the works in Fugard's canon that most directly confront the dehumanizing brutality of apartheid. Includes: Sizwe Bansi is Dead, The Island, and Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act.

Athol Fugard Plays 1 (Faber Contemporary Classics) (Vol 1)

Athol Fugard

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This collection of Athol Fugard's plays confirms his reputation as 'South Africa's most accomplished playwright' (The Times).The collection includes the plays The Road to Mecca, A Place with the Pigs, My Children! My Africa!, Playland and Valley Song, and is introduced by the author.

Township Plays

Athol Fugard

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The five plays collected here offer a unique insight into the role of theatre in a situation of oppression. They were produced in close collaboration with their original black amateur casts, drawing on their lives and everyday experiences in the townships. They range from the early apprentice work of the brash but vital Sophiatown plays, No-Good Friday and Nongogo, to the freer, more urgent, and profound New Brighton plays, including the most famous Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Island, and the previously unavailable The Coat.

The Road to Mecca

Athol Fugard

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A South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow.

Athol Fugard: His Plays, People and Politics

Alan Shelley

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Alan Shelley’s study is an accessible but profound analysis of Athol Fugard, his work and its influence, the social injustices that drive him, and the lives of those who people his remarkable plays. Fugard’s work retains an insistent influence, and is studied and performed the world over.

A playwright whose work is appreciated on a global scale, Athol Fugard’s plays have done more to document and provide a cultural commentary on Apartheid-era South Africa than any other writer in the last century.
Using mostly migrant workers and township dwellers, and staging guerrilla-raid productions in black areas, Fugard frequently came into conflict with the government, forcing him to take his work overseas. Consequently, powerful plays such as The Blood Knot, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and Master Harold... and the boys came to broadcast the inequities of the Apartheid-era to the world. Fugard’s work retains an insistent influence, and is studied and performed the world over.

The Train Driver and Other Plays

Athol Fugard

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"For me [The Train Driver] is the biggest of them all. Everything I have written before has been a journey to this."—Athol Fugard

"A dramatic, moving theater experience written for South Africa. . . . It will save us from hopelessness. See it."—Sunday Independent

The Train Driver is classic Athol Fugard, and one of his most important plays. The playwright, known throughout the world as a chronicler of his native South Africa's apartheid past, directed its premiere at the newly opened Fugard Theater in one of Cape Town's most politically contentious areas. This seminal work was inspired by the true story of a mother who, with her three children, committed suicide on the train tracks in Cape Town. The two-person drama unfolds between the train's engineer and the grave digger who buries "the ones without names." This edition also includes Coming Home, Fugard's first work addressing AIDS in South Africa, and Have You Seen Us? his first play set in America, about a South African transplanted to San Diego, where the playwright currently resides.

Athol Fugard's works includes Blood Knot, Master Harold. . .and the Boys, Boesman and Lena, Sizwe Banzi is Dead and My Children! My Africa! He has been widely produced in South Africa, London, on Broadway, and across the United States.


The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek (TCG Edition)

Athol Fugard

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"In his carefully built play, Fugard broadens the meaning of [outsider artist] Nukain's masterpiece by placing that powerful symbol of a man's human dignity in a modern-day context."—Variety

"Tender, ruminative. . . . Fugard has been anatomizing the evils of apartheid, and the troubling legacies it left behind, throughout his long and distinguished career."—The New York Times

A touching portrayal of compassion passed down through two generations in a racially-torn continent, Athol Fugard's latest play centers around Nukain and Bokkie, an elderly African painter and his young protégé. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek observes two differing experiences with racism, in the decades during and following apartheid, while ultimately illuminating the meaning of preserving the history of one's own past. Within the span of his illustrious and widely-lauded work as a playwright, Athol Fugard has shed light on the looming shadow of apartheid and its resulting dissolution of society and politics in South Africa. This contemplative new work follows that legacy, asking us not to forget its relevance in the modern day.

Athol Fugard has been working in the theatre as a playwright, director and actor for more than fifty years. His plays include The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, 'Master Harold'…and the Boys, The Road to Mecca, My Children! My Africa!, The Blue Iris, The Train Driver, and more than a dozen others.

The Shadow of the Hummingbird

Athol Fugard

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"The greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world."—Time

"If there is a more urgent and indispensable playwright in world theater than South Africa's Athol Fugard, I don't know who it could be."—Newsweek

"Athol Fugard can say more with a single line than most playwrights convey in an entire script."—Variety

Legendary theatre artist Athol Fugard returns to the stage for the first time in fifteen years in this, his latest work. The Shadow of the Hummingbird tells the story of an ailing man in his eighties and the afternoon spent with his ten year-old grandson. In a charming meditation on the beauty and transience of the world around us, Fugard continues to mine the depths of the human spirit with profound empathy and heart. The text of the play includes an introductory Prelude by Paula Fourie with extracts from Fugard’s unpublished notebooks.

Athol Fugard has been working in the theater as a playwright, director, and actor for more than fifty years. In 2011, he received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, and he was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor of Drama at Oxford University. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, 'Master Harold' . . . and the Boys, The Road to Mecca, My Children! My Africa! and The Blue Iris.