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Set in British colonial India, Man Equals Man presents the forcible transformation of a civilian, Galy Gay, into the perfect soldier. Using Kiplingesque imagery, Brecht explores personality as something that can be dismantled and reassembled like a machine, in a parable that the critic Walter Kerr credited with a "curious foreshadowing of the art of brainwashing." This edi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 23rd 2000 by Arcade Publishing (first published 1926)
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If a Brecht play is funny - and it can be really, really funny - it relies on great direction, the styles and forms that Brecht created, and a knowing audience ready to be satirised. I thought that the writing alone - difficult to read in translation from German and often nonsensical anyway - was much less accessible and enjoyable.

Man Equals Man is political satire without heart or subtlety: Brecht doing his thing perfectly, but far from my taste in comedy. It belongs, like Arturo Ui, in an equa
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Part of a course on Brecht, junior year at Cal. I don't recall much about it, but I wrote a paper on the role of women in this play.
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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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