Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The incorruptible

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The present italian edition of Hugo von Hofmannsthal's comedy includes also essential footnotes, a large introductory essay, a bio-bibliographical note and a note to the text. Hofmannsthal's comedy "Der Unbestechliche" was first performed 1923 in Vienna with great success. Despite its title, the atmosphere of this five-act comedy is choral. It's set in the country house of an old Austrian noblewoman shortly before the outbreak of World War I. It shows the struggle between the unfaithful young Baron Jaromir and his uncorruptible servant Theodor, the eccentric, jealous guardian of the entire household. Deeply rooted in the European dramatic tradition from Molière to Goldoni, Hofmannsthal's comedy is at the same time highly innovative in the conception both of the characters and of comedy itself. Instead of the traditional happy ending, the author suggests, through the socratic words of the apparently all-powerful servant Theodor, that life is the space of hope rather than of certainty.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The incorruptible
Original languageItalian
Number of pages100
ISBN (Print)978-88-06-18323-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameCollezione di teatro 420


  • Austrian Literature
  • Hofmannsthal
  • Letteratura austriaca
  • The Incorruptible
  • comedy
  • commedia
  • teatro europeo del Novecento


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