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An Enemy of the People (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – February 2, 1999
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Norwegian
About the Author
Only Shakespeare's plays are performed more frequently than those of Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906). The Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet scandalized many of his contemporaries as he led the theater into the modern era by exploring the realities behind 19th-century social conventions.
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However, this translation is not great. It often reads like a transliteration, with clunky turns of phrase that may be more precise matches to the original Norwegian but don't sound at all natural in English. The result is that much of the dialogue in this translation feels overly formal and stilted, not the dynamic and vigorous discussions that I suspect were intended.
So many people have been returning to Orwell's 1984, given the current American climate of charges of "fake news" and assertions of "alternative facts" and so on. I would suggest that this play also deserves a second look (or first, if you didn't read it in high school).