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A Bond Honoured translated by John Osborne
The Labyrinth of Desire translated by Michael Jacobs
John Osborne’s highly-rated version of A Bond Honoured preserves Lope’s distinctive voice but is also infused with Osborne’s own obsessions. The result is powerful and effecting drama: a protagonist of cruel and merciless passions, a rapist and murderer, chances to meet Christ who then encourages the man to hang himself.
The Labyrinth of Desire, a court drama about love and honour, that is in fact a provocative and witty comment on the emotional labyrinth that was Lope de Vega’s own life.