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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... and to conceal his bitter poem on Tretiakov's execution in August 1939, but also to hold back nearly all ripostes to the cultural politicians, the selfrighteous 'Moscow clique' (as he termed them) of Georg Lukács and other Hungarian ...
... 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.
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July 1941 to 5 November 1947
December 1947 to 20 October 1948
October 1948 to 18 July 1955