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Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Modern Classics)by Bertolt Brecht
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In this savage and witty parable written in exile in 1941, Brecht recasts the rise of Hitler as a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade. This prizewinning translation by Ralph Manheim skilfully captures the wide range of parody and pastiche in the original - from Richard III to Al Capone, from Mark Antony to Faust - without diminishing the horror of the real-life Nazi prototypes.
A reissue of Brecht's classic play written in exile. In this savage and witty parable, the rise of Hitler is recast as a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade. Included are Brecht's own notes and commentary by John Willet and Ralph Manheim.
In The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Brecht recasts Hitler's rise to power in terms of a small-time takeover of Chicago's greengrocery trade. The brilliant parable recounts the events leading up to World War II with an American street-smart wit.
-- The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui includes a new introduction, extensive backmatter of Brecht's own notes and variants, and notes and commentary from the editors.
About the Author
Born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1898 and died in Berlin in 1956. With plays such as The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage, Life of Galileo, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, he cemented his reputation as one of the most modern and innovative of twentieth century dramatists.
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