Philoktetes is a staged reading first shown in Oslo in 1996. It is a study of the text Philoktetes by the American writer John Jesurun.
The text Philoktetes is based on a tragedy with the same name written by Sophocle. Sophocle tells us about the Greek warrior Philoktetes who during the conquest of Troy was bitten by a snake and left behind by Odysseus on the island of Lemnos.
After ten years Odysseus returns to the island, accompanied by the young Neoptolemos.
Their meeting is in Jesuruns text described as an autopsi of a dying persons life and an imperialistic war that leads nowhere. In a private conquest Odysseus returns to the crime scene. In a humid hotelroom in the backwaters of the empire the imperialist is learning the language of the dead.
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