Satyagraha. Constance DeJong, Philip Glass.

Satyagraha. M. K. Gandhi in South Africa 1893-1914

New York: Tanam Press, 1983. 1st Edition Thus. Octavo, publisher's pictorially illustrated stiff paper wraps.

Libretto for Philip Glass's landmark minimalist opera based loosely on Gandhi’s early life in South Africa from which he developed his philosophy of nonviolent resistance–satyagraha, an untranslatable portmanteau that roughly means "truth force." Glass's three-act opera depicts the building of Gandhi's first communal settlement the Tolstoy Farm, his rescue from a taunting mob of white European women, the founding of an Indian newspaper, and finally the climatic Great March of 1913 among other events. Performance artist and writer Constance DeJong provided an English translation of the classic Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita, for the vocal text, though the opera was sung in the original Sanskrit. Illustrated with black-and-white archival photos from Gandhi's life, photos from the premiere of the opera in September 1980 and various reproductions including a map and a letter to Gandhi from Tolstoy. Includes a history section by DeJong, a chapter on the outcome of Gandhi's struggle in South Africa, excerpts of musical scores and setting, staging and synopsis notes for each scene. Light yellowing to wraps, corners gently bumped. Near fine. Item #3008


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