Fear and Misery of the Third Reich
A&C Black, 30.12.2015 - 144 Seiten
Also known as The Private Life of the Master Race, this is a sequence of twenty-four realistic sketches showing how "ordinary" life under the Nazis was subtly permeated by suspicion and anxiety. Written in exile in Denmark and first staged in 1938 it was inspired in part by his recent trip to Moscow where he had been researching tasks for the anti-Nazi effort.
At the beginning of the 1930s, while both Saint Joan of the Stockyards and
Round Heads and Pointed Heads were written for the orthodox theatre, the
didactic Lehrstücke, with all their formal originality, were written for leftwing
But it was not till July 1936 that he got any kind of recognised position, when he
became one of the three editors (with Feuchtwanger and Willi Bredel) of a new
Moscow literary magazine, published in German by Mikhail Koltsov under his ...
... closing of Meyerhold's theatre in 1938: denunciations echoed for the German
emigration by Georg Lukács's critical articles, with their schoolmasterly dismissal
of reportage, montage and other departures from nineteenthcentury naturalism.
Three weeks before the opening Brecht himself arrived from California,
immediately rejected the introductory scene which Piscator wanted to add – a
quasiinformal discussion of dictatorship and democracy in the light of the German
And then on the other hand we have the loose assortment of scenes designed for
German émigré performance – part professional, part amateur – often on the
most cheeseparing scale, from which the American version was itself adapted.
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More a series of vignettes than an actual play with a beginning, middle, and end. Characters appear, and disappear again after sometimes as little as a half page of dialogue. Brecht was cataloging ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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