A Life of Galileo

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Arguably Brecht's greatest play, A Life of Galileo charts the seventeenth century scientist's extraordinary fight with the church over his assertion that the earth orbits the sun.

The figure of Galileo, whose ‘heretical’ discoveries about the solar system brought him to the attention of the Inquisition, is one of Brecht’s more human and complex creations. Temporarily silenced by the Inquisition’s threat of torture, and forced to abjure his theories publicly, Galileo continues to...

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Overview

Arguably Brecht's greatest play, A Life of Galileo charts the seventeenth century scientist's extraordinary fight with the church over his assertion that the earth orbits the sun.

The figure of Galileo, whose ‘heretical’ discoveries about the solar system brought him to the attention of the Inquisition, is one of Brecht’s more human and complex creations. Temporarily silenced by the Inquisition’s threat of torture, and forced to abjure his theories publicly, Galileo continues to work in private, eventually smuggling his work out of the country.

Brecht's beautiful depiction of the explosive struggle between scientific discovery and religious fundamentalism is captured masterfully in this new translation by RSC writer-in-residence, Mark Ravenhill.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Eloquent in its outcries against blind dogma and powerful in the simplicity of its storytelling, Galileo is a play that offers the confrontations of stirring drama made visible in vivid theatrical images.
From the Publisher

“At last—the definitive translations of one of the 20th century’s most influential playwrights…Far superior to the competition.”—Theatre Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472507419
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Series: Modern Plays Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,181,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertolt Brecht is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Mark Ravenhill is one of the most distinctive contemporary UK playwrights. He burst on to the theatre scene in 1996 with the huge hit Shopping and Fucking. He has continued to garner critical acclaim for plays that include Some Explicit Polaroids, Mother Clap’s Molly House, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, A Life in Three Acts, and Ten Plagues. He is Writer in Residence at the RSC.

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