The Breasts of Tiresias


The Breasts of Tiresias (French: Les mamelles de Tirésias) is a surrealist play by Guillaume Apollinaire. Written in 1903, the play received its first production in a revised version subtitled Drame surréaliste in 1917. With this subtitle and in the preface to the play, the poet invented the word "surrealism" to describe his new style of drama.The play has been adapted into an opera by Francis Poulenc. It also has been translated twice, first by Louis Simpson in the 1960s and then by Maya Slater in 2009. In 2010, Eric Wallach adapted and directed The Breasts of Tiresias: A Surrealist Musical in Paris.
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language: French
narrative location: Zanzibar Archipelago


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