By Bertolt Brecht
This quantity includes new translations to increase our photograph of 1 of the 20th century's such a lot enjoyable and inspiration upsetting writers on tradition, aesthetics and politics. listed below are a cross-section of Brecht's wide-ranging recommendations which provide us a rare window onto the worries of a latest global in 4 many years of monetary and political sickness. The ebook is designed to provide wider entry to the adventure of a dynamic mind, notably engaged with social, political and cultural tactics. every one part starts with a brief essay through the editors introducing and summarising Brecht's concept within the suitable yr.
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Let us get back to them! ] First published in Die Literarische Welty Berlin, 2 April 1926. , Berta Eckstein-Diener). Sven Elvestad and Frank Heller (§3) were authors of detective stories; and the Very old man' is Hindenburg, who was seventy-seven when he was elected Reichsprasident and head of state of the German Republic in 1925. Brecht had a genuine enthusiasm for detective stories. He read Chesterton and others as a young man, and in the late 1930s he wrote knowledgeably on the subject: see below, no.
And then Marx's Kapital that I understood, philosophically, where I stood. I don't mean to say that I reacted against these works, that would seem quite incorrect. I just think that it was here, amidst these oppositions, that I felt at home. It is not permitted to the art of this (so costly) period of transition to do more than adopt the 'point of view' that it is here that the fruitful oppositions lie. I wouldn't have to worry about anything except producing the plays. And it wasn't because they were frightened of the plays, they didn't understand them well enough for that, but rather because they didn't want to have to relinquish their sort of theatre.
For he needs to derive his fun from writing. A powerful thought can achieve sufficient effect with the very minimum of mood. As for a feeling, it is enough that he should once have had it, the memory of it is the most important part of a writer's technique. The desire to have things easy, without losing anything of value overboard, has contributed more to the emergence of periods of blossoming than any wish to be original and to delve deep, amongst people who consider writing itself to be the unpleasant part of the process of production.
Brecht on Art and Politics by Bertolt Brecht