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Bertolt Brecht (Critical Lives) by Philip Glahn

By Philip Glahn

Playwright, poet and activist Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) was once identified for his idea of the Epic Theatre and his makes an attempt to collapse the department among excessive paintings and pop culture. The Threepenny Opera, his collaboration with composer Kurt Weill, used to be a milestone in musical theatre, and performs like mom braveness and Galileo replaced the process smooth drama and aesthetic theory.

Framed by way of global wars, the Weimar Republic and an international melancholy, Nazism and exile and East German socialism, Brecht’s personal existence turned a undertaking, illuminating and intervening within the ongoing quandary of recent adventure, formed by means of capitalism, nationalism and visions of social utopia. Brecht upended and used as guns the language and gestures of philosophers and beggars, bureaucrats and thieves, monks and staff. the implications are immediately humorous and tragic, well known and complicated, sharp, obtainable and entire of enjoyment within the contradictions of being an lively half within the creation of heritage. This e-book examines Brecht’s lifestyles and paintings as a pivotal contribution to the heritage and legacy of paintings as social labour within the 20th century.

“Through skillful integration of biographical information and conceptual framing, Glahn succeeds in developing a fancy photo of Brecht that's neither adulatory nor condemning yet positioned inside of a particular ancient fact. within the method, Brecht’s ghost is given an opportunity to compete in modern iterations of debates he used to be significant to.” —Brooklyn Rail

“Everything Brecht wrote—plays, dialogues, and poetry—was his try and make clear the interior contradictions not just of the capitalism and fascism of his instances, but in addition of the communism that was once continuously disappointing his inner most hopes. In a booklet that makes Brecht’s fight to bare those hidden contradictions its principal subject matter, Glahn concerns, via implication, a decision to hands to today’s artists—who are confronted with a global that turns out to defy makes an attempt to regard the worldwide difficulty with an paintings that's not often greater than notes on ‘local” angst.” —Richard Foreman, Bomb Magazine

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