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Eugène Ionesco

French Romanian playwright

1909 or 1912   -   1994

country of citizenship: France, Romania
native language: Romanian
language of expression: French, Romanian, German
educated at: University of Bucharest
occupation: playwright, writer, painter, poet, literary critic, author, performing artist, diarist, illustrator
award received: Ordre des arts et des Lettres, Prince Pierre Award, Jerusalem Prize, Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, Prix du Brigadier, Austrian State Prize for European Literature
position held: seat 6 of the Académie française
influenced by: Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, Alfred Jarry, Ion Luca Caragiale, Tristan Tzara, Urmuz

Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu, Romanian: [e.uˈd͡ʒen i.oˈnesku] (listen); 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian-French playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict the solitude and insignificance of human existence in a tangible way.
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