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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... exchanged views about the VEffekt with Sergei Tretiakov, been honoured by Carola Neher and others with a 'Brecht evening' of songs and poems and discussed various plans for publications and performance; the signs were hopeful.
... the documentaries of Grierson and Ivens, the buildings of Le Corbusier and Aalto, the novels of Malraux and Isherwood, Steinbeck and Dashiell Hammett, the poems of Auden, the woodcuts of Masereel, the music of Stravinsky, ...
At the same same time it is they – and for much of the time they alone – who help to give him jobs. He tries to write film stories without much success; these are not on the whole very good. And except in poems like those of Eisler's ...
A few of his writings began to appear in English, notably the bilingual edition of Selected Poems translated by H. R. Hays; there was a tentative plan to take this further, but the publishers changed hands.
... still enjoying – 'a mouthful of good meat', 'the kindnesses of delightful I. K.', the 'Pleasures' he listed for Käthe Reichel, and finally 'the song of every blackbird'. He could still express these enjoyments in the last poems.