The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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by Bertolt Brecht
     
 

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a parable inspired by the Chinese play Chalk Circle. Written at the close of World War II, the story is set in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, and retells the tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers. A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn around a society misdirected in its priorities. Brecht's statements about class… See more details below

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a parable inspired by the Chinese play Chalk Circle. Written at the close of World War II, the story is set in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, and retells the tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers. A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn around a society misdirected in its priorities. Brecht's statements about class are cloaked in the innocence of a fable that whispers insistently to the audience.. "Eric Bentley's English versions are widely viewed as the standard renderings of Brecht's work, ensuring that future readers will continue to come in close contact with this playwright who introduced a new way of thinking about the theater.. "Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is one of Germany's best-known playwrights. His social critiques, including The Good Woman of Setzuan, Mother Courage and Her Children, and The Threepenny Opera, resonate with modern audiences and continue to be frequently performed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816635283
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
617,116
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Comments on The Caucasian Chalk Circle from Bentley on Brecht
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Selected Bibliography

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