The Last September
The action is set in County Cork, in southern Ireland, in 1920. Danielstown is a Big House, the country home of Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra. The Naylors belong to that class of Anglo-Irish aristocracy known as the Ascendancy, whose way of life – moneyed, graceful, essentially feudal – is coming to an end. The native Irish, carrying on the struggle for independence that began with the 1916 Rising, are engaged in a small-scale but murderous battle against the British Army in the form of the Black and Tans, a special force, consisting mainly of embittered veterans of the Great War, set up by the British to fight the IRA. The Naylors and their kind maintain a sceptical attitude to the war going on around them, insisting it is no more than the usual shenanigans that the natives have engaged in since time immemorial ; behind the facade of tennis parties and army camp dances, however, all know that the end is approaching.
She was born in Oxford. She is famous for directions of operas and plays like Une maison de Poupée at the Odeon Theater, Titus Andronicus, King John, Hedda Gabler, The Waste Land, The Turn of the Screw, Woyzeck, King Lear, Richard II, Footfalls, Coriolan, The Good Person of Sichuan, Electra.
John BanvilleAdapté du roman dElizabeth Bowen
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