The Antichrist

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Hardcover ISBN: 9788499539393
Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788498168679

The Antichrist is an original comedy by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón. It appeared for the first time in the Second Part of the comedies of Juan Ruiz de Alarcón y Mendoza, Rapporteur of the Council of the Indies, published in Barcelona, by Sebastián de Cormellas, in 1634.
It is a work of correct versification, which tells the story of the Antichrist, villain par excellence of the Alarconian theater. This infernal being commits a string of horrendous crimes. In the end he receives an exemplary punishment, by an angel and two characters: Sophia, embodiment of the human, and Balán, symbol of nature. Thus both worlds unite to overcome evil.
The antichrist of Alarcón is inspired by the Apocalypse or Book of Revelation and other biblical texts, in the recreation of the character. In addition to these sources, many of the elements with which the legend of the same was built over the centuries are also involved.
Alarcón aroused the envy of several Spanish playwrights. On one occasion Lope de Vega and Antonio Mira de Amescua were apprehended. They were accused of having blown up the premiere of Alarcón’s comedy, El Anticristo. And Góngora himself took advantage of this misfortune to mock Ruiz de Alarcón:

“The comedy, I say The Antichrist, by Don Juan de Alarcón, premiered last Wednesday. They spoiled it that day with a certain redomilla that they buried in the middle of the courtyard, with such a hellish smell, that it fainted many of those who could not leave quickly. This event happened when the actor who represented the angel refused to fly and was replaced by one of the actresses.

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