Bertolt Brecht's Berlin: A Scrapbook of the Twenties


"A haunting evocation of the revolution that Hitler destroyed and a tragic glimpse of the German genius."-Publishers Weekly
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"A haunting evocation of the revolution that Hitler destroyed and a tragic glimpse of the German genius."-Publishers Weekly
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Editorial Reviews

American Libraries
"This scrapbook of the twenties is a mindblower—not only in providing a feel for the twenties but for the horror coming fast on its heels."—American Libraries
Washington Post Book World
"A thorough, anecdotal and lovingly detailed survey in words and pictures of [Berlin’s] golden years under the Weimar Republic. All aspects of the city’s life are covered, not only the philosophers, painters, musicians Bauhaus architects who gave it special distinction but [also] the social unrest, the nightmare inflation, the glittering cabarets and low bars, the prostitutes, drug addicts and petty criminals who have a special bearing on the work of Brecht."—Washington Post Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385123631
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1977
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 170

Meet the Author

Von Eckardt, formerly architecture critic for the Washington Post, is the author of The Challenge of Megalopolis. Sander L. Gilman, Goldwin Smith Professor of Humane Studies at Cornell University, has written a new preface for this Bison Book edition of Bertolt Brecht’s Berlin. His books include Inscribing the Other (Nebraska, 1991).
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Bison Book Edition
Introduction: "Thank You, Hitler"
1 Revolution: "Workers! Soldiers! Comrades! Brothers!" 1
2 Inflation: The Revolution of Values 13
3 After Hours: Bright Lights and Dark Magnets 21
4 The Underworld: Whores, Dope, and "Wrestling Clubs" 33
5 The Intellectuals: Soft Eggs, Satire, and Forebodings 41
6 Newspapers and Radio: Much Heat and Little Light 49
7 Art: Manifestoes at the Crossroad 61
8 Theater: Poesy, Stairs, and Morality Suspended 77
9 Film: Magic, Mountains, and Mirrors 91
10 Music and Dance: ... and All That Jazz 107
11 Architecture: "The Crystal Palace of a New Faith" 117
12 Sports: Mens Politica in Corpore Sano, and Horses, too 129
13 Youth: The Greening That Turned Brown 139
14 Collapse: No Jobs But a Storm of Heils 147
Notes 157
Bibliography 161
Index 163
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