Modern Death: The End of Humanity

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Modern Death is written in the form of a symposium, in which a government agency brings together a group of experts to discuss a strategy for dealing with an ageing population. The speakers take up the thread of the ongoing debates about care for the aged and about euthanasia. In dark satirical mode the author shows what grim developments are possible. The theme of a final solution is mentioned, though the connection with Hitler is explicitly denied. The most inhuman crimes against human dignity are discussed in the symposium as if they were a necessary condition of future progress. The fiercely ironical treatment of the material tears off the thin veil that disguises the specious arguments and insidious expressions of concern for the well-being of the younger generation. Though the text was written nearly thirty years ago, the play has a terrifyingly modern relevance.

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Dramatist: Carl-Henning Wijkmark was born in Stockholm in 1934. He studied literary history and philosophy in Munich and Lund. He is the translator of works by Benjamin, Nietzsche, and Lautréamont. His many publications, some of which have been translated into German, include essays, novels, and plays. He has also written for television and radio. Translator: Dan Farrelly was born in Melbourne in 1934. He studied in Melbourne, Frankfurt and Strasbourg, where he completed his doctorate in 1970. From 1968, he was a lecturer in German at University College Dublin, and became Director of the Drama Studies Centre there in 1995. Since 1999, he has translated and published (with Carysfort Press) several of Goethe's works. He has also translated Buchners Woyzeck (Carysfort Press) and Wedekinds Fruhlings Erwachen (comissioned by Ireland Literature Exchange, though not yet published).

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