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Life is a Dream

Life is a Dream

By Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848420601, 96 pages, October 2009
Paperback : 9781854591883, 125 pages, August 1998


A classic from the Spanish Golden Age, Calderón's richly poetic, epic masterpiece explores illusion, reality, fate and destiny against the backdrop of a mythical Polish kingdom.

To protect the country from the horrors prophesied, the young Prince Segismundo is condemned for all eternity to be shut away from his country and his birthright. Banished to a secret world high in the mountains and cut off from the sun, he can only dream of a life reversed: of palaces, empires, freedom – revenge…



'Rich, haunting drama... one of the great works of the Spanish golden age, yet it also seems to look forward to such modern dramatic concerns as the flexible nature of reality and the possibility of freedom in a world apparently governed by fate'

- Daily Telegraph


'Extraordinary and fascinating... a superb adaptation by Helen Edmundson'

- Sunday Times