A Milanese Industrialist abandons everything he has worked for and becomes obsessed with his teenage son. His tragic descent into madness unleashes his dark and primal desires. Written in blank verse, the play begins with an address by the Ghost of Sophocles and is an inversion of the Oedipus myth. This is a rare opportunity to read the work of notorious Italian writer Pasolini, best known for his extraordinary and controversial films, Accatone, Teorema and Salo. Fabrication explores the corrosive power of capitalism and Pasolini s intense preoccupation with his father.
"It’s ambitious, perverse, nasty, beautiful, torrid and florid stuff – dark poetry for the tormented Western capitalist bourgeois soul… the language is exquisitely rendered here by the poet Jamie McKendrick" - Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph
"A fine translation by Jamie McKendrick… both beautifully written and immaculately executed." - Libby Purves, The Times
"Projected with cinematic panache… Jamie McKendrick’s new verse translation is aptly florid." - Susannah Clapp, Observer
"A compelling mix of semi-autobiographical passion and intertextual parody…" - Paul Taylor, Independent
"Fabrication examines some uneasy aspects of sexuality and, at times, achieves a piercing clarity." - Griselda Murray Brown, Financial Times