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Frayn, Michael

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Most widely held works by Michael Frayn
Noises off : a play in three acts by Michael Frayn( Book )

29 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noises off, the classic farce by the Tony Award-winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage "drama" that develops during Nothing On's final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two plots can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into a single collective nervous breakdown
Headlong : a novel by Michael Frayn( Book )

55 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A British comedy in which academic Martin Clay is asked by a boorish country squire to assess his paintings. Clay spots what he suspects is a Bruegel and so begins a tale of lies and concealment as he schemes to separate the painting from its owner. By the author of Now You Know
Spies : a novel by Michael Frayn( Book )

55 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a long-forgotten scent forces Stephen Wheatley to confront his past, he starts to remember a troubling childhood summer in wartime London where an imaginative child's game of playing spies wreaked havoc upon innocent lives
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn( Book )

80 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Copenhagen is a reimagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb. In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. They were old friends and close colleagues, and they had revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s with their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. But now the world had changed, and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. The meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment; it ended in disaster. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions that have exercised historians ever since. In Michael Frayn's new play, an ambitious, fiercely intelligent, and daring dramatic sensation, Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, once again to look for the answers and to work out - just as they had worked out the internal functioning of the atom - how we can ever know why we do what we do."--Jacket
Skios : a novel by Michael Frayn( Book )

38 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While foundation organizer Nikki falls for a charismatic speaker during a science retreat on a Greek island, her longtime friend, Georgie, finds her plans for a romantic weekend shattered by a temperamental scientist who has lost his senses
The human touch : our part in the creation of a universe by Michael Frayn( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do we really know? What are we in relation to the world around us? Playwright and novelist Frayn takes on the great questions of his career--and of our lives. Humankind, scientists agree, is an insignificant speck in the impersonal vastness of the universe. But what would that universe be like if we were not here to say something about it? Would there be numbers if there were no one to count them? With wit, charm, and brilliance, this epic work of philosophy sets out to make sense of our place in the scheme of things. Our contact with the world around us, Michael Frayn shows, is always fleeting and indeterminate, yet we have nevertheless had to fashion a comprehensible universe in which action is possible. But how do we distinguish our subjective experience from what is objectively true and knowable?--From publisher description
Benefactors : a play in two acts by Michael Frayn( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning fifteen years this complex, well-structured play traces the story of the destruction of David's architectural dream by the embittered Colin and Colin's marriage to the inept Sheila, contrasting those who help and those who are helped; those who create and those who destroy. ' ... a beautifully crafted play, economically written.' - Time Out
Now you know by Michael Frayn( Book )

35 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One evening walking through the little backstreets behind the Strand, past the bin-bags and the huddled figures in the doorways, to the run-down block where Terry's pressure group has its headquarters?
A landing on the sun by Michael Frayn( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cabinet Officer Brian Jessel reconstructs the last few months of Summerchild, a civil servant, who fell to his death fifteen years ago
The trick of it by Michael Frayn( Book )

32 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and German and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An authoress is invited by a lecturer who has devoted his life to studying and teaching her nine novels and 27 short stories. As she arrives to speak to his students he feels he has a chance to resolve the one remaining mystery at the heart of things
Wild honey : the untitled play by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The play explores the love affairs of the hero and takes us with characteristic Chekhovian understanding into the ways of the heart. It shows that amorous games ultimately lead to tragedy
Sweet dreams by Michael Frayn( Book )

34 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After driving through a red light, Howard Baker, an architect, is catapulted into heaven - which turns out to be a metropolis, with skyscrapers, expressways and comprehensive schools. Howard's adventures and achievements provide Frayn with opportunities to satirize modern upper-middle-class life
A very private life by Michael Frayn( Book )

29 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rebellious teenage "Inside" girl, who won't take her hallucinogens, goes forth from privillege into "Outside" in search of love. Set in the distant future
Great railway journeys of the world( Book )

7 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Russian interpreter by Michael Frayn( Book )

41 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a Moscow University, an English graduate student's life becomes a sore and baffling series of Chinese-box adventures when he becomes interpreter to a mysterious stranger
Plays--one by Michael Frayn( Book )

27 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frayn is the author of the novel 'The Tin Men' and the film 'Clockwise'. His cerebral farces have been highly acclaimed and hugely popular in both the UK and the USA. This volume includes five of his most successful comedies
The tin men by Michael Frayn( Book )

44 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in English and Russian and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why not program computers to take over the really dull jobs that human beings have to do? At the William Morris Institute of Automaton Research they are doing just that, to enable mankind to take care of the really stimulating and demanding tasks of living, such as the impending royal visit. Machines re being constructed to invent the news in the newspapers, to do good and to play and watch all the world's sport
Towards the end of the morning by Michael Frayn( Book )

39 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in English and Estonian and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tucked away in a sleepy newspaper department, covering nature notes and crosswords, Dyson dreams of liberation and recognition. When a chance occurs to appear on TV, he eagerly prepares to greet the celebrity life
Clouds by Michael Frayn( Book )

12 editions published between 1977 and 1982 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cherry orchard by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gayev family estate is hopelessly in debt: urged to cut down their beautiful cherry orchard and sell the land for holiday cottages, they struggle to act decisively
 
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Alternative Names
Frayn, Michael, 1933-

Frayn, Michal

Frejn, Maikl.

Frejn, Majkl 1933-

Housemonger, Robin 1933-

Michael Frayn angol író, drámaíró

Michael Frayn Brits auteur

Michael Frayn écrivain britannique

Michael Frayn englischer Schriftsteller

Michael Frayn escriptor britànic

Michael Frayn escritor británico

Michael Frayn scrittore e drammaturgo britannico

Майкъл Фрейн

Фрейн, Майкл

פרין, מייקל, 1933-

프레인, 마이클 1933-

フレイン, マイケル

マイケル・フレイン

米高·弗萊恩

迈克尔·弗莱恩

麥可·弗萊恩

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