Saint Joan of the Stockyards
Bloomsbury Academic, 01.12.2010 - 160 Seiten
In this version of the story of Joan of Arc, Brecht transforms her into 'Joan Dark', a member of the 'Black Straw Hats' (a Salvation Army-like group) in twentieth century Chicago. The play charts Joan's battle with Pierpont Mauler, the unctuous owner of a meat-packing plant. Like her predecessor, Joan is a doomed woman, a martyr and (initially, at least) an innocent in a world of strike-breakers, fat cats, and penniless workers. Like many of Brecht's plays it is laced with humor and songs as part of its epic dramaturgical structure.
The play, which was never staged in Brecht's lifetime, is published here with a new translation, a full introduction and Brecht's own notes on the text.
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MAULER ( inside the house , talking to Slift ) : Lock the door , put on all the light
you can , and now , Slift , take a good look at my face and tell me if it ' s true :
would everyone know ? SLIFT : Know what ? MAULER : Well , what I am . . .
SLIFT : A ...
I know their money , like a cancerous growth Has eaten away their ears and
human face So that they sit apart but highly placed Where no cry of help can
reach them ! Poor mutilated creatures ! But There must be one righteous man
For example because God showed me your face in a dream ' or ' because I ' ve
seen it in your corned beef advertisements ' or ' because you have the cleverest
face ' . These or similar sentences should be spoken with the appropriate ...
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A collection of familiar and less familiar plays by Brecht. The short plays are quite amazing, as he manages to pack quite a story in a one-act structure. His use of symbolism and language is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen