Brecht epicised

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July 1994, no. 162

Bertolt Brecht: Journals 1934–1955 edited by John Willett, translated by Hugh Rorrison

Methuen, $75 hb

Brecht epicised

by
July 1994, no. 162

Bertolt Brecht’s poem, ‘To those born later’, contains the following line: ‘For we went, changing countries oftener than our shoes.’ The publication of this translation of Brecht’s Journals 1934-1955 (written in an e.e. cummings-style lower case throughout) provides an abundant fleshing out of that line, giving a detailed sense of what it meant to Brecht to be an artist in exile, denied the comforts of his culture and language, denied the possibility of seeing the plays he was writing rehearsed or run-through, a process he always regarded as the final stage of writing: ‘all the plays that have not been produced have something or other missing. no play can have the finishing touches put to it without being tried out in production.’

Noel King reviews 'Bertolt Brecht: Journals 1934–1955', edited by John Willett, translated by Hugh Rorrison

Bertolt Brecht: Journals 1934–1955

edited by John Willett, translated by Hugh Rorrison

Methuen, $75 hb

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