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  • A L B E R T C A M U S

    Translated byChristopher Williams

    The Misunderstanding

    Caligula

  • First published 2007

    Page2Stage

    Copyright 2007 in translation: Christopher Williams

    Christopher Williams asserts the right to be identied as the author of this book

    This work is copyright. It may be freely copied for bona de productions of the plays or for educational purposes; apart from these uses, it may not be reproduced by any means

    whatsoever without the prior written permission of the author/publisher. All rights reserved.

    Designed by Knocklofty Press

    Typeset in Minion Pro

    National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication data

    Author: Camus, Albert, 1913-1960.

    Title: The misunderstanding and Caligula : two plays by Albert Camus/translated by Christopher Williams.

    Edition: 1st ed.

    Publisher: West Hobart, Tas. : Knocklofty Press, 2008.

    ISBN: 9780980281446 (pbk.)

    Subjects: Camus, Albert, 1913-1960 Translations into English.

    Camus, Albert, 1913-1960 Malentendu. English.

    Camus, Albert, 1913-1960 Caligula. English.

    Caligula, Emperor of Rome, 12-41 Drama

    French drama20th centuryTranslations into English

    Other Authors: Williams, Christopher John, 1959-

    Dewey Number: 842.91

    and PDF record:

    Author: Camus, Albert, 1913-1960. Title: The misunderstanding and Caligula [electronic record]: two plays by Albert Camus/translated by Christopher Williams.

    Edition: 1st ed.

    Publisher: West Hobart, Tas. : Knocklofty Press, 2008.

    ISBN: 9780980281453 (pdf.)

    Subjects: Camus, Albert, 1913-1960Translations into English.

    Camus, Albert, 1913-1960 Malentendu. English.

    Camus, Albert, 1913-1960 Caligula. English.

    Caligula, Emperor of Rome, 12-41Drama

    French drama20th centuryTranslations into English

    Other Authors: Williams, Christopher John, 1959-

    Dewey Number: 842.91

  • ALBERT CAMUSThe Misunderstanding

    and

    Caligula

    Translated by

    Christopher Williams

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  • ContentsPublishers Note ............................................................................................. i

    Note on Le Malentendu (The Misunderstanding) ..................................... ii

    Note on Caligula .......................................................................................... iii

    Biography of Camus .................................................................................... iv

    Note on the Translator ..................................................................................v

    Note for Actors and Directors .....................................................................v

    Translators Foreword .................................................................................. vi

    Characters ............................................................ 1

    ACT ONEScene 1 ........................................................... 3Scene 2 ........................................................... 6Scene 3 ........................................................... 7Scene 4 ........................................................... 9Scene 5 .........................................................12Scene 6 .........................................................16Scene 7 .........................................................19Scene 8 .........................................................20

    Characters ..........................................................50

    ACT ONEScene 1 .........................................................53Scene 2 .........................................................56Scene 3 .........................................................58Scene 4 .........................................................59Scene 5 .........................................................62Scene 6 .........................................................63Scene 7 .........................................................64Scene 8 .........................................................65Scene 9 .........................................................67Scene 10 .......................................................68Scene 11 .......................................................69

    ACT TWOScene 1 .........................................................73Scene 2 .........................................................74Scene 3 .........................................................77Scene 4 .........................................................78Scene 5 .........................................................79Scene 6 .........................................................83Scene 7 .........................................................84Scene 8 .........................................................85Scene 9 .........................................................86Scene 10 .......................................................88Scene 11 .......................................................91Scene 12 .......................................................92Scene 13 .......................................................93Scene 14 .......................................................94

    The MisunderstandingACT TWO

    Scene 1 .........................................................22Scene 2 .........................................................26Scene 3 .........................................................27Scene 4 .........................................................28Scene 5 .........................................................29Scene 6 .........................................................30Scene 7 .........................................................32Scene 8 .........................................................33

    ACT THREEScene 1 .........................................................35Scene 2 .........................................................40Scene 3 .........................................................41Scene 4 .........................................................47

    Caligula

    ACT THREEScene 1 .........................................................98Scene 2 .......................................................101Scene 3 .......................................................104Scene 4 .......................................................106Scene 5 .......................................................108Scene 6 .......................................................109

    ACT FOURScene 1 .......................................................113Scene 2 .......................................................115Scene 3 .......................................................116Scene 4 .......................................................117Scene 5 .......................................................119Scene 6 .......................................................120Scene 7 .......................................................121Scene 8 .......................................................122Scene 9 .......................................................123Scene 10 .....................................................125Scene 11 .....................................................126Scene 12 .....................................................127Scene 13 .....................................................130Scene 14 .....................................................135

  • The Misunderstanding and Caligula

    iBACK TO CONTENTS

    THE TRANSLATOR, like the lexicographer, is a harmless drudge; along with the screen writer, the editor and the designer, his work takes place behind the scenes and is rarely considered by the reading public.

    In translating these two rather dicult plays, Christopher Williams has toiled long and hard to get at the meaning of Camus text. Drama presents dierent challenges to the translator, in particular that of how much l