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Glahn reveals how Brecht upended the language and gestures of philosophers, beggars, bureaucrats, thieves, priests, and workers, using them as weapons in his work. Following Brecht through the Weimar Republic, Nazism, exile, and East German Socialism, Glahn argues that the writer’s own life became a production of history that illuminates an ongoing crisis of modern experience shaped by capitalism, nationalism, and visions of social utopia. Sharp, accessible, and full of pleasures, this concise biography will interest anyone who wishes to know about this pivotal modern dramatist.
1. Poet of Crisis, 1898-1923
2. ‘Mehr guten Sport’: Brecht in Berlin, 1924-8
3. Work, Class, and the Struggle with Marxism, 1929-33
4. Early Exile: ‘Singing about Dark Times’, 1933-41
5. U.S. Exile: The Dialectics of Alienation and ‘Culinary’ Art, 1941-7
6. Realpolitik: Theatre of Socialism, 1947-56