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Book 41

Originally posted by audrey_e at Book 41
41 SALOME Oscar Wilde (Ireland, 1891)

After dancing the dance of the seven veils to the delight of her stepfather, Salome demands the head of the prophet she loves.

I know that there are two Oscar Wildes. The pre-prison one, and the post-prison one. I enjoy both and might even have a preference for the sadness of the second one. However, I was not prepared for the strangeness of this one-act play. Strange in the sense that I did not expect Wilde to write such a slow-paced, poetic play, even though the touch of absurdism is more clearly recognizable.
While I enjoy this short read, the play mainly suffered from my knowledge of "Herodias", a short story written by Gustave Flaubert in 1877, which tells the same story in a much more powerful manner. 
In a way, Salome also suffered from its shortness. With the 38 pages of my edition, it practically ended as it started.
I also realized too late that it was originally written in French and I now wish I had read it in French just to see how Wilde wrote in a different language. Oh well, I can always try to see it performed in French.

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