"The "Caucasian Chalk Circle"

"The "Caucasian Chalk Circle"

Details

Author(s)
Bertolt Brecht, James Stern, Tania Stern, W. H. Auden, Hugh Rorrison
Format
Paperback | 176 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 11mm | 149g
Publication date
15 Mar 2012
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
METHUEN DRAMA
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
4 b&w stage photographs
ISBN10
0413544508
ISBN13
9780413544506
Bestsellers rank
24,144

Description

This Student Edition of Brecht's classic dramatisation of the conflict over possession of a child features an extensive introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as questions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text. It is the perfect edition for students of theatre and literature.Brecht projects an ancient Chinese story onto a realistic setting in Soviet Georgia. In a theme that echoes the Judgment of Solomon, two women argue over the possession of a child; thanks to the unruly judge, Azdak (one of Brecht's most vivid creations) natural justice is done and the peasant Grusha keeps the child she loves, even though she is not its mother. Written in exile in the United States during the Second World War, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a politically-charged, much-revived and complex example of Brecht's epic theatre. This volume contains expert notes on the author's life and work, historical and political background to the play, photographs from stage productions and a glossary of difficult words and phrases. It features the acclaimed translation by James and Tania Stern with W.
H. Auden.


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