Simone Weil's "Venice Saved"
Towards the end of her life, the French philosopher and political activist Simone Weil (1909-43) was working on a tragedy, Venice Saved. The play, just published in English for the first time, explores the depths of Weil's thoughts on tragedy.
Venice Saved is the story of a horrific evil abated, even though evil later demands its murderous due. A city — its beauty, heritage, and citizens — survives thanks to the merciful actions of the lead character, Jaffier, who was part of a group of Spanish mercenaries who plotted to sack the city in 1618. Nonetheless, Jaffier’s actions, noble as they are, trigger deadly consequences for his friends, the co-conspirators — consequences of the kind doled out by the Nazis, whose brutality was being exercised when Weil penned her play. Written with engaging style and imagination, the play cuts a wide dramatic and philosophic swath akin to something Albert Camus might have envisioned.
This series is presented by Ron Collins, retired professor from the University of Washington School of Law, and co-hosted by Topical Seminars. A copy of Venice Saved is required for the class. A copy of the book is on reserve behind the Circulation Desk for those who don't want to purchase the book. Readings may be done at the library or you can make copies.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk. Walk ins are welcome.
- Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Show more dates
- 10:30am - 12:00pm
- Large Meeting Room East
- Lewes Public Library