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Brecht : A Choice of Evils : Methuen Paperback - Martin Esslin

Brecht : A Choice of Evils

Methuen Paperback

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"A brilliantly perceptive study of the most ambiguous and perpetually fascinating figure of the twentieth century European theatre" (Kenneth Tynan) Brecht's influence on the theatre may well be as powerful as Kafka's influence on the novel and this study of Brecht's life and work was unanimously well received when first published just after the writer's death in 1959. This book portrays the paradox of a man whose work was admired on the Western side of the Iron Curtain despite ideological differences whilst in the East his artistic output was criticised but his communist ideas were welcomed. This authoritative text has stood the test of time

Industry Reviews

This is a penetrating and often brilliant study of Bertolt Brecht, best known in America for his immensely popular Phreepenny?? Opera. But few here realize that he was also the author of at least a dozen other plays, of volumes of satiric verse, and of short stories, and was hailed as the "apostle of a new dramatic era". Brecht's life and work was shaped by the grim events of the first World War, of the depression, revolution and rise of Hitler. During this time he wrote poems and plays that can best be described as the literary counterpart of the savage drawings of his close friend, George Gross. Opposed to Hitlerism, a strong propagandist, Brecht left Germany- spent some time in America, and ultimately returned to East Berlin where the Communists offered him a theatre and the Stalin Peace Prize.... Esselin makes abundantly clear the subtle, paradoxical, cynical creed which has motivated Brecht and has provided a first-rate interpretation of the little known artist, one of the more important exponents of post war expressionism. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780413547507
ISBN-10: 0413547507
Series: Methuen Paperback
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: February 1984
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition