Bertolt Brecht (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

Philip Glahn


A playwright, poet, and activist, Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) used to be identified for his conception of the epic theater and his makes an attempt to collapse the department among excessive paintings and pop culture. He used to be additionally a devoted Marxist who lived via international wars and a world melancholy. Brecht’s existence and works via his performs, tales, poems, and political essays, Philip Glahn illustrates how they hint a lifelong try to relate to the explicit social, monetary, and political conditions of the early 20th century.
 
Glahn finds how Brecht upended the language and gestures of philosophers, beggars, bureaucrats, thieves, clergymen, and staff, utilizing them as guns in his paintings. Following Brecht throughout the Weimar Republic, Nazism, exile, and East German Socialism, Glahn argues that the writer’s personal lifestyles turned a construction of background that illuminates an ongoing concern of recent event formed through capitalism, nationalism, and visions of social utopia. Sharp, obtainable, and whole of pleasures, this concise biography will curiosity someone who needs to grasp approximately this pivotal smooth dramatist.

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