Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Paperback Book

Accidental Death of an Anarchist Paperback

Part of the Modern Classics series

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In its first two years of production in Italy, Dario Fo's notorious Accidental Death of an Anarchist was seen by over half a million people.

It has since been performed all over the world, and become a classic of twentieth-century drama.

A sharp and hilarious satire on police corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window. 'I ought to warn you that the author of this sick little play, Dario Fo, has the traditional, irrational hatred of the police common to all narrowminded left-wingers and so I shall, no doubt, be the unwilling butt of endless anti-authoritarian jibes.' (Inspector Bertozzo, Central Italian Police HQ) 'A marvellous concept: a zany political farce.' (Michael Billington) This edition has been adapted by Gavin Richards from Gillian Hanna's translation and features an introduction by Stuart Hood and a preface by Dario Fo.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780413156105

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A Marx brothers type of political farce. The play revolves around the theme of misuse of power. In 1969 a bomb was planted in an Italian bank and a number of people were killed. In the aftermath of that the police rounded up a number of anarchists--one of whom Giovanni Pinelli died in their custody--being thrown out of a window. For what it is worth eventually the true culprits would turn out to be a ultra right wing group. In the meantime though the state would focus its attentions on others associated with Pinelli--going to a lot of lengths to frame them. This is more or less the background for Fo's play. Dario is a keen and savvy political commentator and one with a very high comic touch. Highly recommended.

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Comic mayhem, with the protagonist’s point reasoned to pure genius. The hero of this play runs verbal circles around everyone in his path.

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