E.M. Forster

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Plays by E.M. Forster

A Passage to India

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Before deciding whether to marry Chandrapore's local magistrate, Adela Quested wants to discover the "real India" for herself. Newly arrived from England, she agrees to see the famous Marabar Caves with the charming Dr Aziz. In the heat and darkness of a cave, Adela is attacked, and the fragile structures of Anglo-Indian relations collapse as Aziz is brought to trial for assault. It is a sensitive and profound story which exposes the absurdity, hysteria and depth of cultural ignorance that existed in British India.

Forster’s classic novel of disconnection and prejudice in 1920s India, adapted by Martin Sherman, is a highly theatrical, humorous and faithful version for the stage.

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E.M. Forster was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. His work tended to examine class difference and hypocrisy in the early twentieth-century British society. His views as a humanist are at the heart of his work, which often depicts the pursuit of personal connections in spite of the restrictions of contemporary society. An adaption for the stage by Martin Sherman of Forster's A Passage to India was published in 2002.