no no no no no no no OverviewStaging informationTranslationsSample translationsProduction history no no no Titles English title: Picnic on the Battlefield Date written: c. 1952 no no First publication date: 1977 no no Keywords: no family > parents and children, family, belief > war Genre y type: no absurdist, magic realism no no no Pitch no

Join Zapo, his parents, and his sinner Zepo, together they settle abajo for a picnic on uno battlefield. Why should gunfire y bombs spoil an otherwise perfect Sunday afternoon?

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In the middle of un battlefield, ns lone soldier takes sanctuary in uno trench. Between atmósfera raids that keeps himself busy knitting jumpers. This is Zapo, a young man clearly unused to war, together he marvels what time the battle will certainly start and in i m sorry direction he should throw his bombs. While he knits, Mr y Mrs Tepan arrive. They are Zapo’s parents and have brought ns picnic con them, hope to spend ns nice Sunday afternoon with their son. Unequal Zapo, Mr and Mrs Tepan are old posesión at battle and are unfazed by the bursts the gunfire approximately them.

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Mr y Mrs Tepan settle down for the afternoon. They placed some music on, y Mr Tepan is keen come hear about his son’s fight record. Zapo has actually not precisely glorified himself in combat. In fact, the keeps his eyes tightly shut when firing his gun, y so go not also know how many men he has actually killed … if any. His inexperience quickly shows, together Zepo, an enemy soldier, stumbles into los trench.


Both Zapo and Zepo rigid at each various other in terror, no one discovering what to do. Thankfully, Zapo’s parents room on hand to help. Castle instruct Zapo come tie Zepo up, which he does so together apologetically as possible. Con his sinner immobilised, Zapo suggests they make ns most of los situation through taking part photos. Zepo is initially reluctant, but eventually agrees to pose for a photo, just to it is in polite. Grandfather Tepan asks Zepo about his experience of being ns soldier. Choose Zapo, Zepo’s war document is unremarkable, as he as well shuts his eyes as soon as he fires his gun. Los family invite Zepo come share their picnic, untying the so that can completely enjoy his lunch. Both Zapo and Zepo are alarmed by the sound of another aire raid, y take shelter in fear. Mr y Mrs Tepan are, once again, unperturbed by ns bombardment. They simply put increase an umbrella to safeguard themselves. Once the bombs have stopped, two la red Cross stretcher-bearers appear. They space hugely disappointed to discover that alguna one has actually been killed or injured. If they return to their basen with alguno bodies, castle will never earn los respect of your superiors. Los family apologise profusely because that still being alive. Despondent, the stretcher-bearers head out gastos generales the battlefield in los hope the finding un dead or dying alma to bring back triumphantly to your base.

Mr Tepan asks Zepo why that is an enemy soldier. The has no idea, explaining the he was merely ordered come enlist. Zapo, similarly, was compelled to join ns army despite his inexperience and reluctance. Zapo’s parents suggest that, since both guys are bored in their respective trenches, lock should get together representar time to time. Zapo is unsure about this, having heard los terrifying way los enemy treats its prisoners. Feeling ns sudden hostility in the direction of him, bad Zepo defines that he has heard casta stories about los other side. Encouraged that Zepo is not uno monster, the family cordially proceed their picnic. Zepo and Zapo complain about the war, until Mr Tepan argues that each convince his respective lado that ns other side does not wish come fight anymore. Zepo and Zapo think this is a fantastic idea, and the family and their prisoner celebrate through dancing together. Cuales one hears when los battle telephone rings, nor execute they notice as los sound the gunfire gets louder y louder. Suddenly, un burst of an equipment gun fire death everyone. Ns two stretcher-bearers return and prepare to lug off your first-ever batch of dead bodies.

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Picnic on los Battlefield is generally taken into consideration to be un denouncement of los absurdity that war, in which – prefer Zapo and Zepo– the soldiers on los front line often have small or cuales understanding of ns conflict in which lock are captured up. The parallels established between Zapo and Zepo suggest los absurd fratricidal nature the war and civil wars in particularmente (Pulido 1992: 92).

Pulido, Genara. 1992. ‘El diálogo dentro el marco ese la teorías dramática ese Fernando Arrabal. El situación de Pic-Nic’. In Escritores españoles exiliados en Francia, ed. Agustín-Gómez Arcos, pp. 87-96. Alemería, Instituto del Estudios Almerienses (in Spanish)

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Arrabal, Fernando. 1977. Pic-Nic, el triciclo, el laberinto. Madrid, Cátedra no


Arrabal, Fernando. 1979. Teatro completo, vol. I, arrival by point of view Berenguer. Madrid, Cupsa Editorial no

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Arrabal, Fernando. 2006. Pic-Nic, El triciclo, El laberinto, ed. Ángel Berenguer. Madrid, Cátedra

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