The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by Bertolt Brecht
     
 

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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…  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.

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“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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At last--the definitive translations of one of the 20th century's most influential playwrights…Far superior to the competition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413308504
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
Modern Classics Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,399,598
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose writing has had a major influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo and Mother Courage and her Children.

Alistair Beaton is a well-known Scottish writer, whose plays and translations include Feelgood, King of Hearts and Follow My Leader and Max Frisch's The Arsonists. For television, he wrote the award-winning A Very Social Secretary (2005) and the Channel 4 film The Trial of Tony Blair (2007).

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