STORIES OF MR. KEUNER by Bertolt Brecht

STORIES OF MR. KEUNER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first English translation of the great playwright’s discursive semifictionalized observations on German life and politics, as spoken by the eponymous Keuner (his name from the German “keiner,” meaning “no man”), a “thinking man” obviously inspired by Plato’s Socrates. Written between the 1920s and ’50s (and collected for first publication in 1956, the year of Brecht’s death), they’re brief (often single-paragraph) aperçus generally employed to deflate contemporary pretensions regarding religion, patriotism, capitalism, exile, and other themes engaged more fully in their author’s celebrated poems and plays (e.g., “I am for justice; so it’s good if the place in which I’m staying has more than one exit”), but most effectively adumbrated in this revealing coda to an indisputably major, and still challenging, body of work.

Pub Date: July 15th, 2001
ISBN: 0-87286-383-2
Page count: 121pp
Publisher: City Lights
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2001




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