Ionesco, Eugène – Rhinocéros

  • rhinoceritis (rhinocérite). The process, often ideological, of transformation of a human being in an animal – in this case: rhinoceros. So, according to Eugène Ionesco, there are two transformation processes: from man to rhinoceros (a process depicted in the play “Rhinocéros” – and it could be labeled as well as: becoming a Communist/ becoming a Nazis/ etc; in fact a totalitarian process); and the reverse process, namely from rhinoceros to man (a process about what Ionesco remained skeptical and preferred not to say anything)

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Eugène Ionesco (1959): “Rhinocéros”, Éditions Gallimard

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