By Philip Glahn

recognized 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 starting quantity, ‘Mack the Knife’, grew to become probably the most renowned songs of the 20th century.
Philip Glahn seems to be at Brecht’s existence and works via his performs and tales, poems and political essays in an effort to illustrate how they hint a lifelong try and relate to precise social, fiscal and political situations. Framed via international Wars, the Weimar Republic and an international melancholy, Nazism and exile and the East German model of socialist fact, Brecht’s personal existence turned a undertaking, illuminating and intervening within the ongoing difficulty of recent 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 consequences are scenes, chapters, rhymes and questions which are right now humorous and tragic, well known and complicated, sharp, obtainable and whole of delight within the contradictions of being an energetic half within the construction of heritage. Bertolt Brecht will curiosity students and scholars of Brecht, in addition to those that desire to be aware of extra concerning the existence and paintings of this pivotal sleek dramatist.

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