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Rafael Squirru & Shakespeare

“It seems like one of my friend Brodsky’s predictions,” Daddy comments with a bitter smile. “I haven’t even had the satisfaction of seeing my version staged. People approach Shakespeare with a kind of solemnity, with an excessively reverential attitude. They forget that Shakespeare wrote not only for the stalls but also for the galleries. He captivated his audience with his wit, and with his skill at capturing their attention. My translation offers the spectator what Hamlet truly is: a work of suspense.” “Is it your favorite Shakespeare play?” “When I was a child, my favorite was A Midsummer Night’s Dream: the sprites, the fairies. Later it was Hamlet... that duality which runs so deep. Shakespeare paints virtuous characters with defects, like Hamlet, and great villains with extraordinary virtues, like Richard III. I have always been fascinated by this apparently contradictory aspect of reality.” (pages 103-105). On page 223, Eloisa Squirru expresses the following: “Perhaps one of his autobiographical writings which best expresses what he felt while living through the dark years of Videla's dictatorship was a poem dedicated to whom he considers one of the great masters and comrades of his life: William Shakespeare. While, in those times of total darkness, some friends chose the road to arms or to exile, and others chose to continue heroically with their creative endeavors, Rafael, struck by horrors ever so frequent, found consolation and renewed hope relying on the English bard. Some lines of the poem reveal his state of mind and his relationship with that other, older brother, separated in time, but so alive and real as any of his flesh-and-blood friends:”

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Rafael Squirru & Shakespeare (English Version)  

Rafael Squirru translated three of William Shakespeare’s plays: Hamlet, The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet. His translations were illustrated...

Rafael Squirru & Shakespeare (English Version)  

Rafael Squirru translated three of William Shakespeare’s plays: Hamlet, The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet. His translations were illustrated...

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