The play is a degenerated tragedy esperpento focusing on the troubles of the literary and artistic world in Spain under the Restoration. Bohemian Lights is equal parts Realism and Expressionism. Based on the playwright's experiences in Old Madrid, Bohemian Lights is described as an esperpento within an esperpento and is written in episodic format. Zahareas describes the action as "…a modern, nocturnal odyssey about the frustration, death, and burial of a blind poet, Max Estrella that follows the Classic sense of tragedy of the human condition. Max's struggles highlight the general disregard for artists and the social typology in Spain during that time period.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Max Estrella is a blind poet struggling to earn money from his art.

Tired of how he perceives that society values criminals and liars more than artists, he toys with the idea of committing a collective suicide with his wife and daughter, but his friend Latino de Hispalis takes him out for a couple of drinks to take the thought out of his head.

Through the night, the things Max sees and experiences from being incarcerated with an anarchist sentenced to death to witnessing a mother holding the de Max Estrella is a blind poet struggling to earn money from his art.

Through the night, the things Max sees and experiences from being incarcerated with an anarchist sentenced to death to witnessing a mother holding the dead body of her child with a bullet wound in his forehead reinforces his decision to kill himself. Later, after Latino leaves Max at his house, he kills himself, and the day after the funeral both his wife and daughter do the same.

This play is a grotesque tragedy, an 'Esperpento,' which mixes realism, absurdism and tragedy. It's meant to be a critique on both the Spanish and international society of the time, the beginning of the 20th century, touching several topics of the time, such as anarchy, the Great War, the Russian Revolution, etc. Personally, I got so lost reading this. I don't know if I'm missing on some historical context or what, but I found it hard to understand what the whole point of the plot was.

I know it's meant to be absurd, but all I see is Max Estrella complaining about Spain, the Jews, the lack of recognition of his work, and everything, basically, while he gets drunk. Apr 20, Manon Rae rated it liked it. I had to read this one for my Spanish class and Well, it had it's moments where I got bored but I loved the most important scene and it wasn't that bad overall.

The references were amazing. Oct 28, Uryun added it. I read it in class, so i am not rating it. I did like it, though. Apr 01, Sara rated it it was amazing. Maybe a bit complicated to understand but really enjoyable, the spanish author did a great job in a short book and gave us the key to understand all the following Works with the tag "Esperpento". Aug 24, Ignacio Mazuecos rated it liked it Shelves: school-reads , in-spanish.

School compulsory reading. Sep 07, John rated it it was amazing. I was a little reluctant to read an avant-garde play because I've seen a number of such plays and always been merely puzzled without being remotely edified. This book, however, broke that mold. It is a work of genius. It is also extremely difficult to stage and so has rarely been produced and could not have been produced in the author's lifetime. Nevertheless, I heartily recommend it, if you like a healthy challenge.

Apr 16, Katelyn rated it did not like it Shelves: spanish-major. Que fuerte! I guess this play is supposed to be the Spanish equivalent of Joyce's Ulysses, which based on how hard it was to get through this play I'll never read.

Don Latino es la leche! In the bad way. Nov 17, Sam rated it really liked it Shelves: spanish , drama , school-lit. Most notable for introducing the concept of "esperpento," or warped and disfigured reality. Max Estrella is my hero. Sep 14, Haizea rated it liked it. It was, mostly, funny. NOT a play to read when you need a "pick-me-up" but very powerful. Readers also enjoyed. His drama is made all the more important by its influence on later generations of Spanish dramatists. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Trivia About Luces de bohemia No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Max Estrella, a poor, blind, has-been poet, wanders through Madrid on the last night of his life. In the process, he encounters injustice, affront, and misery, his story becoming a grotesque parable of the impossibility of living in a deformed, oppressive, and absurd Spain. When he returned to Spain a year later, he lived a bohemian life in Madrid. His behavior at the time showed contempt for the rational world of the bourgeoisie. He changed his appearance substantially, letting his beard and hair grow.


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