Barricade (The India List) (Paperback)

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Barricade (The India List) (Paperback)

By Utpal Dutt, Ananda Lal (Translated by)

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A political play staging the Nazi takeover of Germany with an eye on India.

Although Utpal Dutt is acknowledged as a trailblazer of post-Independence Indian theater, English readers have not had access to the range and wealth of his drama. Barricade is a political play that stages the Nazi takeover of Germany in 1933 with an eye on India. Today, the surge to power of far-right parties and fundamentalist fanaticism across the world means that the co-option of democracy and civil society that led to Nazi fascism can happen again—or indeed has already happened—granting Barricade its immediate urgency. Equipped with an introduction analyzing its historical context, this translation of Barricade is also a very rare product in dramatic literature, collating both the printed original as well as a documented performance of the production directed by Dutt.
Utpal Dutt (1929–1993) was one of India’s most important playwrights, theater directors, and actors.

Ananda Lal is a theater and translation specialist. His books include Rabindranath Tagore and the Oxford Companion to Indian Theater
Product Details ISBN: 9781803090511
ISBN-10: 1803090510
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2022
Pages: 132
Series: The India List
"The power of the play lies in its ability to tell us what we, as readers, already know...and that at every point in time, resistance remains the role of the intelligentsia, the media, and citizens. Lal's translation highlights the fact that, regardless of Dutt's own political view, his play remains relevant even fifty years on, and its prescience about the current political scenario makes its translation imperative."
— Asymptote