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Venezia salva

THE ONLY PLAY by the French philosopher Simone Weil, Venise sauvée (Venice saved) was written and rewritten at different points of an exile that began with the Nazi occupation of Paris, in June 1940, and ended, with the play unfinished, at Weil’s death, in London, in August of 1943. With her parents, Weil, a Jew, had fled Paris, her birthplace, for the south. When she began Venise sauvée, she was “twisted with rage”1—stretched out on a sleeping bag in the kitchen of a small rented apartment in Vichy, with an injured leg that wouldn’t heal.

Earlier this year, at Turin’s Teatro Carignano, the Italian director Luca Ronconi produced Venise sauvée in its entirety, and in its mysterious, and powerful, state of incompletion. (There were later performances in Perugia and in Rome.) Besides a radio version aired in England by the BBC in 1957, the play had been produced only once before—in 1964, in

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