Les Prisonniers de Guerre

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Les Prisonniers de Guerre is a one-act comedy by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)[1]

The original text

The tale of a French soldier held prisoner in Hungary, who is torn between duty to his country and his love for the daughter of an enemy.

Probably written in 1743 and first published in Genève, 1782.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1803: Performed on 23 March in the African Theatre, Cape Town by a company of "French lovers of the theatre", later referred to as the French Amateurs, with Arlequin Afficheur (Desfontaines, Barré and Radet)



Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les Prisonniers de Guerre, Comedie , in Collection complète des oeuvres, Genève, 1780-1789, vol. 14, in-4°, édition en ligne www.rousseauonline.ch, version du 7 octobre 2012.[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 85

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