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Short Stories 1921-1946 (Plays, Poetry, and Prose / Bertolt Brecht)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A collection of stories exploring political and social conditions is accompanied by a brief portrait of the life of the distinguished German author.
Paperback, 253 pages
Published February 1st 1985 by Methuen Publishing (first published 1967)
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I first read this collection when I was 19 or 20 years old. Almost without exception, I disliked the stories. Yet there must have been some quality in the writing that kept me going because I finished the book.

It was several decades before I went back to Brecht. I was left with the erroneous impression he wasn't a good writer. A few years ago I began reading some of his plays and I finally realised my mistake.

Last year I acquired this volume again and re-read the stories. This time I was struck
Nice collection of short fiction from an artist not normally thought of as a fiction writer. Most of these pieces appeared in German newspapers just before or during Brecht's rise to fame.

Standouts include:
"Bargan Gives Up" (a pirate story)
"The Revelation"
"A Mean Bastard" (a cruel story about male and female relations, dominance and submission)
"Letter About A Mastiff" (about a man's troubled relationship with his neighbor's dog)
"North Sea Shrimps" (about class and the newly rich)
"A Little Tale O
Kunjila Mascillamani
Bad collection. Not worth reading. Life is the same without having read it too.
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Bertolt Brecht (born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. A seminal theatre practitioner of the twentieth century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble—the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht a ...more
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