"I'm the last man left, and I'm staying that way until the end. I'm not capitulating!"

– Last words from Bérenger in Ionesco's play "Rhinoceros"

Eugène Ionesco (1909 - 1994)

Eugène Ionesco was one of the most important French playwrights of the 20th Century and a leading character of the “absurdist theatre”. In his drama Eugène Ionesco focuses on the question of human existence as well as the trivia of everyday life. His most renowned play in Germany “Die Nashörner” (1959) is based on his own experience in Romania. This induced Eugène Ionesco to always oppose conformism, to act against totalitarianism, which changes humans and turns them into “Nashörner”. But even beyond his drama Eugène Ionesco always gave comment on topics such as culture and politics and impressed not a few people with his “courage to doubt”.

"I have met a man who is more than any other clairvoyant and confused, roused and reserved."

– André Coutin, Gespräche mit Eugène Ionesco

Further quotations

Upcoming anniversaries

25 February 1971: Ionesco becomes a member of Academie Francaise

26 February 1953: Premiere of "Victimes du devoir" at Thèâtre du Quartier-Latin

28 February 1965: French premiere of "La Soif et la Faim" at Comédie Francaise in Paris