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The Sleep of Reason Summary
Antonio Buero Vallejo

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The Sleep of Reason Summary


The Sleep of Reason (El sueno de la razon) was first performed in 1970 and remains the principal work by which Antonio Buero Vallejo is known in the United States. Buero Vallejo's play is just one of many in his works devoted to criticizing Spain's long struggle to institute increased freedoms of speech and political action. The Sleep of Reason takes place in the Spain of 1823, just after the French invaded Spain to put the Spanish king, Ferdinand VII, back on the throne (the monarchy was thrown out of power for a three-year period called the Liberal Triennium), and focuses on the king's obsession to punish those he thinks oppose and threaten him. One man stands out: former painter to the king and one of the world's great painters, Francisco Goya (1746-1828). Not only is Goya a Liberal, a member of the Spanish faction opposed to unlimited powers of church...

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