O Starry Starry Night
A Play by Derek Walcott
- Published: Jul 30, 2020
Two masterful artistsGauguin and van Goghcome alive in a vibrant drama about friendship, art, and madness Two paintersPaul Gauguin and Vincent van Goghare living together in the sleepy town of Arles in 1888. Soon, Gauguin, frustrated by van Gogh's... read more
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Details of O Starry Starry Night
- Exact title of the book
- O Starry Starry Night
- Book author
- Derek Walcott
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Feb 18, 2014
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- 1008 kB
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Two masterful artistsGauguin and van Goghcome alive in a vibrant drama about friendship, art, and madness Two paintersPaul Gauguin and Vincent van Goghare living together in the sleepy town of Arles in 1888. Soon, Gauguin, frustrated by van Gogh's refusal to acknowledge his increasingly troubled mind, will depart for Paris. In two years, van Gogh will be dead by his own hand.
In the meantime, the friends discuss their craft; they frequent a local café that van Gogh will soon immortalize; they become acquainted with a young prostitute, Lotte, who becomes Gauguin's lover; they argue; they paint. In Derek Walcott's new historical play, O Starry Starry Night, two world-renowned artists come to life as they wrestle both with grand themesfriendship, loyalty, fameand with more mundane concerns, money primary among them. The scenes Walcott sketches summon several of van Gogh's most famous paintings Sunflowers, The Night Café, The Bedroom at Arles.
His manipulation of languagevan Gogh's eloquent monologues giving way to more abstract speechesevokes the painter's descent into madness. Over the action hangs the threat of violence, of death, which lends the play a potent urgency; for at least one of the characters, time is quickly running out. O Starry Starry Night is powerfully wrought, and demonstrates once again the sharpness of Walcott's eye as a painter, as a poet, as a writer, and, above all, as an observer of human follies, foibles, failings, and aspirations.
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