M. Butterfly: With an Afterword by the Playwright

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  • M Butterfly
  • ASIN: 0452272599
Author: David Henry Hwang
Binding: Paperback
Brand: David Henry Hwang
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  • EAN: 9780452272590
  • EANListElement= 9780452272590
  • Edition: Tie-In ed.
    Feature: M Butterfly
    ISBN: 0452272599
  • Height= 800
  • Length= 530
  • Weight= 23
  • Width= 30
  • Label: Plume
    Manufacturer: Plume
    MPN: 21335222
    NumberOfItems: 1
    NumberOfPages: 100
  • Height= 30
  • Length= 780
  • Weight= 25
  • Width= 530
  • PackageQuantity: 1
    PartNumber: 21335222
    ProductGroup: Book
    ProductTypeName: ABIS_BOOK
    PublicationDate: 1993-10-01
    Publisher: Plume
    ReleaseDate: 1993-10-01
    Studio: Plume
    Title: M. Butterfly: With an Afterword by the Playwright

    Product Description

    Based on a true story that stunned the world, M. Butterfly opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government—and by his own illusions. In the darkness of his cell he recalls a time when desire seemed to give him wings. A time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive—and as elusive—as a butterfly.

    How could he have known, then, that his ideal woman was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government—and a man disguised as a woman? In a series of flashbacks, the diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both. But in the end, there remains only one truth: Whether or not Gallimard's passion was a flight of fancy, it sparked the most vigorous emotions of his life.

    Only in real life could love become so unreal. And only in such a dramatic tour de force do we learn how a fantasy can become a man's mistress—as well as his jailer. M. Butterfly is one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes—and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusions.