The Liar (Lelio)
Illustration by Claud Lovat Fraser, 1920
For the 1922 translation of Carlo Goldoni's play Il bugiardo.

Carlo Goldoni's play 'Il bugiardo' (The Liar) is a comedic masterpiece that intricately weaves together deception, mistaken identities, and witty wordplay to create a delightful farce. Set in 18th-century Venice, the play follows the escapades of Lelio, a compulsive liar whose fabrications spin out of control, leading to a series of hilarious misunderstandings. Goldoni's sharp characterisation and clever dialogue not only serve to entertain, but also provide a satirical commentary on the societal norms and values of his time. Through the lens of Lelio's antics, Goldoni explores themes of truth, trust, and the absurdity of human nature.


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