Monna Vanna

Review of Monna Vanna by Maurice Maeterlinck.

It is the late 15th century; and the battered city of Pisa faces imminent conquest by the army of Florence. Pisa's commander receives from the enemy an astonishing offer of rescue. The attack will be called off and the starving city resupplied – on one condition: the commander's wife, a woman revered as the epitome of virtue, must surrender her body for a night to the hated Florentine general.

Thus begins Monna Vanna – and thus is unleashed a masterfully orchestrated torrent of epic conflicts, concerning the meaning of honor and the pursuit of values. Ayn Rand called this 1902 drama "one of the greatest plays in all world literature."

(102 pages)

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