Crossing the Border between Reality and Fiction in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman


  • Florentina Anghel


reality, fiction, British contemporary drama, the process of creation, fiction transposed into reality, border-crossing


Martin McDonagh is a contemporary British writer with Irish parents and his play The Pillowman unrolls in an unidentifiable totalitarian setting, tackling problems related to author-work-reader relationship. The paper focuses on reality-fiction interaction at the level of the process of creation and on the impact of the work of art on the readers. McDonagh’s play is a warning against the influence the audience may have on the writer and against the impulses a work of art raises in a reader, presenting the entire process as a cyclic movement having reality as a starting point and return to reality.


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How to Cite

Anghel, F. (2021). Crossing the Border between Reality and Fiction in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman . Philologia, 8(1), 99–106. Retrieved from



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