Bertolt Brecht's Presents a Horrifying Anthology of War

At the beginning of 1940, a number of causes combined to inspire Brecht to a new kind of war poetry that would match epigrams with photographs from mass-circulation press.

Bertolt Brecht's Presents a Horrifying Anthology of War

"An album of pity and anger which fixes the evil of war for all time." - Observer

 In this stunning new edition, Bertolt Brecht presents terrifying anthology of modern horror

At the beginning of 1940, a number of causes combined to inspire Brecht to a new kind of war poetry that would match epigrams with photographs from mass-circulation press.

Here, he takes photographs from newspapers and popular magazines and adds short lapidary verses to each in a unique attempt to understand the truth of war using mass media.

Pictures of catastrophic bombings, propaganda portraits of leading Nazis, scenes of unbearable tragedy on the battlefield — all these images contribute to an anthology of horror, from which Brecht’s perceptions are distilled in poems that are razor-sharp, angry and direct.

The result is an outstanding literary memorial to World War Two and one of the most spontaneous, revealing and moving of Brecht’s works.


ISBN 9781784782085 | On sale: May 28, 2017 | $19.95 | Paperback | 112 pages



 

About The Author

Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) was a German poet, playwright and theatre director. One of his country’s most famous writers, he was forced into exile in 1933, returning from the United States to Switzerland in 1947, and to East Berlin in 1949. Some of his most famous plays are The Threepenny OperaMother CourageLife of Galileo and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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