Bertolt Brecht Journals, 1934-55
Bloomsbury Publishing, 14.07.2016 - 576 Seiten
"Those who dismiss Brecht as a yea-sayer to Stalinism are advised to read these journals and moderate their opinion." (Paul Bailey, Weekend Telegraph)
"A marvellous, motley collage of political ideas, domestic detail, artistic debate, poems, photographs and cuttings from newspapers and magazines, assembled, undoubtedly for posterity by one of the great writers of the century" (New Statesman and Society)
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police, the Nazi invaders of Denmark, the watchdogs of the Communist Party, his household, the women closest to him? About these last he says very little – much less than in the earlier diary – and maybe he meant to control his ...
At the end of the year Mikhail Koltsov of Izvestiya, the sponsor of Das Wort, the Moscowbased German Communist magazine which Brecht edited with Feuchtwanger and Willi Bredel, was also arrested on his return from the Spanish War.
But if we look back to the start of Brecht's Dark Times, which really does seem to have been where he decided to become a diarist once more, then it is not difficult to imagine how Communist culture might have gone another way.
... to examine him in connection with 'Communist infiltration of the motionpicture industry' rather than his relations with the Eisler brothers, whom their sister Ruth Fischer had denounced to the FBI a little wildly along with Brecht.
His credentials for establishing himself in the Sovietcontrolled third of his country, with its capital in East Berlin, were the support of Friedrich Wolf, the old Communist doctorplaywright who had preceded him as a guest of Theatre ...