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Pavle Maric, an architect, is furious with his wife because she is conducting an affair with Milan Novakovic, his best friend and business partner. Pavle leaves town to think things over. Weeks later, a deformed corpse is found washed up on the banks of the Danube and is identifed to be that of Pavle. The case is judged a suicide. Three years later, Pavle, now the deceased, unexpectedly returns. He discovers that his heirs have not only plundered his estate, but also refuse to recognize him as being legally alive, and they unite to keep him dead to maintain the status quo.
This is the first English translation of a masterful and darkly comic play that will enter its rightful place as a world classic. The fluid and natural translation lends itself to theatrical production. Comically absurd, filled with existential angst, it was ahead of its time in 1937. At once vaudevillian and modernist, it is distinguished by clever plotting and stinging dialogue. The play stands as a lasting and caustic satire of human greed, strangely consonant with todays society.