By Philip Glahn

identified for his experimental, modernist Epic Theatre and its ‘alienation effect’, Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) sought to collapse the department among excessive paintings and pop culture. The Threepenny Opera, his collaboration with composer Kurt Weill, was once a milestone in musical theatre and its commencing quantity, ‘Mack the Knife’, grew to become the most well known songs of the 20 th century.
Philip Glahn seems to be at Brecht’s existence and works via his performs and tales, poems and political essays with a purpose to illustrate how they hint a lifelong try to relate to precise social, monetary and political conditions. Framed via international Wars, the Weimar Republic and a world melancholy, Nazism and exile and the East German model of socialist fact, Brecht’s personal existence grew to become a undertaking, illuminating and intervening within the ongoing predicament of contemporary event, formed by means of capitalism, nationalism and visions of social utopia.
Glahn unearths how Brecht upended and used as guns the language and gestures of philosophers and beggars, bureaucrats and thieves, monks and staff. the implications are scenes, chapters, rhymes and questions which are instantly humorous and tragic, well known and complicated, sharp, obtainable and whole of delight within the contradictions of being an energetic half within the creation of heritage. Bertolt Brecht will curiosity students and scholars of Brecht, in addition to those that desire to comprehend extra in regards to the existence and paintings of this pivotal glossy dramatist.

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