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The God of Hell

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Written by Sam ShepardAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Sam Shepard

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: April 12, 2005
  • Price: $12.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-9651-0 (1-4000-9651-0)
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Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s latest play is an uproarious, brilliantly provocative farce that brings the gifts of a quintessentially American playwright to bear on the current American dilemma.

Frank and Emma are a quiet, respectable couple who raise cows on their Wisconsin farm. Soon after they agree to put up Frank’s old friend Haynes, who is on the lam from a secret government project involving plutonium, they’re visited by Welch, an unctuous government bureaucrat from hell. His aggressive patriotism puts Frank, Emma, and Haynes on the defensive, transforming a heartland American household into a scene of torture and promoting a radioactive brand of conformity with a dangerously long half life.


“Startling.... Apocalyptic.... A confident and unsettling scenario of surreal doom.” —The New Yorker

“A robust new farce that shows Mr. Shepard’s gift for finding deadpan surrealism in bucolic speech.” —The New York Times

“Deliriously entertaining and deeply scary.... A shivering work of existential mystery.” —Newsday