9780816635276

The Good Woman of Setzuan

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  • ISBN13:

    9780816635276

  • ISBN10:

    0816635277

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2000
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
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Summary

In 1952, Hannah Arendt hailed Bertolt Brecht as "beyond a doubt the greatest living German poet and possibly the greatest living European playwright." His plays, widely taught and studied, are searing critiques of civilizations run amok.

During the thirties, the subversive nature of his work sent Brecht from Germany to Scandinavia and later to the United States. The Good Woman of Setzuan, written during Brecht's exile and set in Communist China, is a parable of a young woman torn between obligation and reality, between love and practicality, and between her own needs and those of her friends and neighbors.

Adhering closely to the original German text, this is a performance-friendly translation of one of Brecht's most popular plays.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Eric Bentley
Comments on The Good Woman of Setzuan from Bentley on Brecht xi
Eric Bentley
The Good Woman of Setzuan
1(108)
Selected Bibliography 109

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