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Spring Awakening: A Play Paperback – September 4, 2007
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“Spring Awakening is the best play ever written about teenagers, and Jonathan Franzen's fraught yet buoyant translation is the best I've ever read. In a culture where lies about adolescence prevail, this funny and honest play is more relevant than ever. Spring Awakening is essential reading.” ―Christopher Shinn
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If you agree wholeheartedly with Franzen, this will be your perfect shining text of dopishly abundant comedy. But if you should choose to disagree, and see the darkness and comedy as one and the same, then I highly refer you to ignore this piece of work which Franzen has emplaced his undying self-worship upon and instead find the first English translation of Francis Ziegler.
TL;DR: Jonathan Franzen is an insufferable twit who thinks that his interpretation is the only interpretation, and his translation happens to be fundamentally flawed on the farther-reaching level he had hoped to achieve. Ziegler, the earliest English translation, is in this reviewers humble opinion undoubtedly the very best of its kind.