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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (August 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571175562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571175567
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simply let yourself go to be swirled up in Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink, a layered comedy about an English poet's artistic-erotic visit to India in 1930 and the attempt of others to come to terms with its legacy 55 years later. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

About the Author

Tom Stoppard's other work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tony Award), Jumpers, Travesties (Tony Award), Night and Day, After Margritte, The Real Thing (Tony Award), Enter a Free Man, Hapgood, Arcadia (Evening Standard Award, The Oliver Award and the Critics Award), Dalliance and Undiscovered Country, Indian Ink (a stage adaptation of his own play, In the Native State) and The Invention of Love.


His radio plays include The Dissolution of Dominic Boot, 'M' is for Moon Among Other Things, If You're Glad I'll Be Frank, Albert's Bridge (Italia Prize), Where Are They Now?, Artist Descending a Staircase, The Dog It Was That Died and In the Native State (Sony Award).


His work for television includes Professional Foul (Bafta Award, Broadcasting Press Guild Award). His film credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which he also directed (winner of the Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival).

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike Arnautov on July 7, 2000
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This play took me by surprise. Clever though it is, it has little in the way of Stoppard's usual intellectual fireworks. Instead it is an affectionate look at the love-hate relationship between Great Britain and India, as reflected and refracted through the eyes of individuals, both past and present.
The play once again uses the device of alternating past and present action, with the present characters attempting to comprehend the past -- but the effect is very different from that in "Arcadia", even though it brings in Stoppard's frequent theme of the nature of evidence. This time the intellectual enquiry plays a second fiddle to a more "soft focus" look at people in their historical contexts.
You probably need to know Brits quite well to fully appreciate the play's wry self-deprecations (not to mention its making gentle fun of American Academia), but it doesn't matter -- "Indian Ink" is rich enough to be rewarding on many levels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2014
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An expansion and adaptation of one of earlier radio plays, Indian Ink deals playfully with issues of national identity, the nature of art, colonialiss, love, and family. Like a number of Stoppard's plays, there is clever and creative use of intersecting plot lines set at different times and in different places. Also like many of his plays, there is witty and imaginative dialogue. This is not Stoppard's best work, though meeting the standards of plays like Arcadia and The Invention of Love is quite a challenge, and this play is very good.
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By Lucinda B Ely on February 28, 2015
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Everyone who has ever heard of Tom Stoppard knows that he is a superb playwright. He not only catches the cadence of speech, but he gets the vernacular--even of the way Indians in India speak English. Once I learned that he was born in Darjeeling, I started to understand how he did it. There's a wonderful little scene where he and the English poet trade Anglo-Hindu argot back and forth. It's a delight.
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The play was fine, however I had purchased it for a play reading and the copy was not the same text as the other actors....had to use another actor's book.
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By MSWu on November 26, 2014
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It is more worn than I expected but still in good shape.
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More About the Author

Tom Stoppard is the author of such seminal works as Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves a Favor, Arcadia, Jumpers, The Real Thing, and The Invention of Love.

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