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Easter by August Strindberg.

For the past few months I've been reading Three Plays, a Penguin edition of The Father, Miss Julia, and Easter by August Strindberg. Last night I finished the final play, Easter (1901), which reminded me very much of Ibsen in its themes, but I wouldn't have said it was a great play, but it is a good one.
It's set in Lund in the south of Sweden in the sitting room of Mrs. Heyst, her son Elis, and daughter Eleonora and takes place in the days from Maundy Thursday to Easter Saturday. Mr. Heyst is absent: he is in prison for embezzlement, and what follows is a portrait of a family reacting to their downfall. Elis is very depressed and feels a sense of guilt, Mrs. Heyst is basically in denial, and Eleonora has been committed to an asylum, though she has returned home for Easter. There is also Benjamin, their lodger and a high school pupil, who has also suffered financially from Mr. Heyst's crime. The family's progress towards some kind of peace of mind is not a straigh…

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