, Spanish, Book, Illustrated edition: Alejandro Sawa: luces de bohemia / Amelina Correa Sawa, Alejandro, — Criticism and interpretation. Lumières de bohème (en espagnol: Luces de bohemia) est une pièce de théâtre écrite par . Elle est française, de même que l’épouse d’Alejandro Sawa. Alejandro Sawa Martínez (15 March – 3 March ) was a Spanish bohemian novelist, ISBN Pg Amelina Correa Ramón, ” Alejandro Sawa, luces de bohemia”, Seville, Fundación José Manuel Lara,

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The Bohemian lights are fading fast in s Madrid. Join the blind poet Max Estrella on the last night of his life, as he wanders through a city mired in corruption and political unrest. Watch as his bright star gradually dies, obliterated by drink, poverty and a society indifferent to literary genius. It is a time of corruption, and of political and social unrest in the city.

At the start of the play, Max, a blind poet, finds himself out of work. No one appreciates his poetry, and the local paper has decided there is no work for him.

He owes Max money from the sale of old books, but unfortunately he sold them on to a bookseller for a pittance. And so, Max and Don Latino step out into the night to negotiate more money from Zarathustra, the bookseller. After a fruitless visit to Zarathustra, he and Don Latino end up in a local tavern. Here they meet Enriqueta, a local prostitute.

Max owes her money for a lottery ticket, but the blind poet has spent his last pennies on drink. He gives his coat to a young barman to take to the pawnbrokers. After a while, the barman returns, bloodied. Riots have broken out on the streets. Max, however, is more interested in the money he has received for his pawned coat. He can now buy the lottery ticket from Enriqueta. But she has vanished, and so he and Don Latino leave the safety of the tavern and set out in search of her. One of the Modernists recites a rousing poem, and in so doing attracts the attention of the local police.

Blind — and blind drunk — Max insults the police captain and is subsequently carted off to the cells. Here, he encounters a young man from Barcelona. Soon, however, a jailer summons the young man from the cell. His future looks ominous, and Max bids ssawa a tearful farewell.


Once freed, Max visits Paco — who happens to be a childhood friend — to complain about his treatment at bhemia hands saw the police.

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Paco is both shocked and moved to see the impoverished state of his old friend. He offers to arrange a small pension for Max, which the poet accepts before going off into the night with Don Latino, once more in search of alcoholic refreshment. Later, after an encounter with two prostitutes, he and Don Latino find themselves in yet another part of the city that has been vandalised during the rioting. A distraught woman carries a dead child, shot in the head accidentally by the police.

The dawn finds Max and Don Latino seated in a doorway. And so, Max lies there, abandoned, until a laundrywoman and concierge happen upon him.

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They initially think he is drunk, but soon realise that he has, tragically, expired. His body lies in a poorly-made coffin, while his wife Madame Collet and his daughter Claudinita mourn him.

Some of the Modernists have come to pay their respects. Don Latino also turns up, but not before having drowned his grief in wine. He stumbles over the body, upsetting the family. After this inebriate has been led off the premises, shady Basilio Soulinake arrives. She can smell his rotting corpse. The poet does not respond, and it is decided that he has most definitely shuffled off this mortal coil. Tragically, it seems Max is just as neglected by Spain in death as he was in life.

Don Latino has gone from the burial to a tavern. They read in the paper wawa a mother and daughter have committed suicide. They were, no doubt, Collet and Claudinita. The only two people who truly cared about Max have died, prompting the group to comment on just how grotesque — or esperpento — the world can be.

The following is simply a selection of these. The play is set in Madrid, sometime between and Throughout the play characters talk about Spanish politics and society. There are also discussions about international politics, such as in scene 6 in which Max and the young prisoner discuss the Russian Revolution. Antonio Maura is mentioned in ee terms in the play.

Alejandro Sawa

Maura was Prime Minister of Spain on several occasions. Max Estrella literally, Max Star bears a close resemblance to the Spanish bohemian writer and journalist Alejandro Sawa Sawa also had a French wife and a daughter. On a number of alejnadro the characters cite lines from other literary texts.


Scene 14 is set in the cemetery. Colorado, University of Colorado Press. Luces de Bohemiaeds.

Anthony Zahareas and Sumner Greenfield. Publishing Company in Spanish. Set in Madrid aroundmany critics see it as a hypercritical piece, attacking the hypocrisy and inhumanity of Spanish politics and society following the First World War. It is both defined by the bohmeia and manifested within the play, in that it is the protagonist Max who describes the genre in scene 12 as a distorted way of seeing the world.

As a play, Luces de Bohemia Bohemian Lights is itself an example of the esperpento genre. As a consequence, they observe:. The familiar funeral scene grows outlandish and alien in its hilarity while Max lies there dead and his widow and orphaned daughter are in agony.

It is as if the author paused deliberately, on the boehmia hand, for meditation upon a tragic death and, on the other, for a chuckle. Zahareas and Greenfield Max is also likened to Christ by some critics. Like Christ, he is unappreciated by his society, has a small band of disciples, is abused by the forces of the state and dies tragically see, for example, Smith Much of the play is set in penumbra.

Luces de Bohemia y la figura de Cristo: Luces de BohemiaA. The play was first published in However, the definitive version of the text came out in The publication lacked scenes 2, 6 and Entry written by Bkhemia Dowling.

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Early twentieth-century Madrid Alejzndro play is set in Madrid, sometime between and Politics and society Throughout the play characters talk about Spanish politics and society.

Literary references On a number of occasions the characters cite lines from other literary texts.

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