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Galileo Ranks alongside Mother Courage and Mr. Puntila as one of Brecht's most intensely alive, human, and complex characters. In Life of Galileo, the great Renaissance scientist is in a brutal struggle for freedom from authoritarian dogma. Unable to satisfy his appetite for scientific investigation, he comes into conflict with the Inquisition and must publicly renounce hi ...more
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Published May 27th 2008 by Penguin Classics (first published 1938)
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Riku Sayuj
Nov 07, 2013 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing
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The play explores the pivotal moment in human history, at least in western history, when man confronts for the first time the proof that his conceptions of truth were entirely wrong.

Galileo comes alive as a larger than life genius from the pages, full of witticisms and blustering energy. Even his betrayal of his own science tends to be easily forgiven by the audience because he is such a genial revolutionary.

More than the drama of science standing up to the bully called religion, I liked the in
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Kalliope



Recently I attended a production of this play translated into Spanish and adapted in a striking way. The vague notions I have of Brecht’s idea of the theatre, the Epic theatre, did not seem to be staged in this performance. There was no Verfremdung. On the contrary, the theatre hall had been transformed and the stage was in the middle and had a circular platform that rotated, and we the audience were siting around it. Various lights and shadows and images were projected onto its floor-screen. A
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Manny
In the comment thread to the review of Dennett's Breaking the Spell which I posted a couple of days ago, much of the discussion has turned on the concept of martyrdom. Dennett argues that religion is a self-reproducing pattern of behavior (a "meme"), and that a martyr is someone who has been taken over by a meme to the point where he is willing to sacrifice his life for his beliefs. Maybe irrational for the martyr, but perfectly rational from the meme's point of view: the history of religion sho ...more
Mohammad
Apr 22, 2016 Mohammad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
گاليله يِ برشت دقيقاً همان چيزي است كه مي شود به آن قهرمان واقعي گفت. دانشمندي شجاع در راه كشف حقيقت و نسخ باور هاي چند هزار ساله بدون ترس از تكفير. اما با اين همه شجاعت و نبوغ، گاليله شكمباره و خوشگذران است و همين است كه گاليله ي برشت را قهرماني واقعي و باورپذير مي كند. خواندن زندگي گاليله حياتي است. چون گاليله فقط هيئت كوپرنيكي را به جاي هيئت بطلميوسي قرار نداد بلكه كاري كرد كه عوام به باور هاي سنتي كليسا شك كنند. و همين شك بود كه صاحبان قدرت را متوجه به خطر افتادن منافعشان كرد.
در زندگي گاليله
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Hossein
::همراه با اسپويل::
گاليله در قرن اثبات كرد كه زمين به دور خودش و خورشيد در حال حركت است و اين يعني خاك پاشيدن به عقيده ي كهن كليسا كه بر پايه عقيده ي ارسطو (افلاك بلوري) استوار است.
از طرفي گاليله فردي است كه عليرغم اينكه براي علم جايگاه رفيعي قائل است اما هم خوش گذران است و هم ترسو. ترسو از اين بابت كه ده سال قبل از او در سال جوردانو برونو را كه در مقابل كليسا قد علم كرده بود و گفته بود خدا در همه جا هست،زنده زنده كباب كردند،آخر كليسا مي خواست خدا فقط در كليسا بماند چون بازارش كساد ميشد،او را ك
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howl of minerva
Sep 01, 2014 howl of minerva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auf-deutsch
4. Mai 1939

Sehr geehrter Herr Brecht:

Sie haben mir mit Ihrem »Galilei« eine große Freude gemacht. Nicht nur scheinen Sie mir die Persönlichkeit Galileis tief erfasst zu haben, sondern auch die Bedeutung seiner Erscheinung in der Entwicklung der Geistesgeschichte und damit in der Geschichte überhaupt. Auch gibt Ihre Darstellung einen tiefen Einblick in die Problemstellung, wie sie Galilei vorlagen und in die Einstellung der vorgalileischen Wissenschaft zur Erfahrung. Sie haben es verstanden, eine
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Aniruddha
Jul 29, 2011 Aniruddha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many reasons why I chose to write about this in my common application to American colleges. This book has had a phenomenal influence on me. I have loved and enjoyed every part of this play. Life of Galileo is not merely another book about the enraging conflict between science and its mindless counterpart religion, but also about society and in the end life itself.

People oft forget that Bertolt Brecht was a Marxist intellectual and his plays not only reflect that but also impersonate hi
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Maryam F
May 22, 2015 Maryam F rated it really liked it
** چهل سال نگاه کردن به رفتار بشر به من یاد داد که اونا با عقل میانه ای ندارن، دم سرخ رنگ یه ستاره دنباله دار رو نشونشون بده و ترس رو به وجودشون بنداز، اونوقت چنان فرار می کنن که کف پاشون به پس گردنشون می خوره، ولی اگه حرف منطقی بهشون زنی و هزار دلیل بیاری، فقط مسخره ات می کنن.
** بالاخره انسان همونطور که روی حرکت ستارگان ممکنه اشتباه کنه، از کتاب آسمانی هم میتونه برداشت غلطی داشته باشه!
** مگر نگفتم فصل شادی زودگذر است؟
دوستان پیش از پایان بهار گل سرخ بچینید
** اعتماد موقعی نابود میشه که بخوان تحمی
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Arman
this is getting ridiculous!every book I read in 2016 is so good that I can't avoid giving 5 stars,lol. will be back with a review.
Patrick
Feb 10, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s not often that I read plays. There’s a couple of reasons for this: living in London, I prefer to go and see them performed whenever possible, but also I’ve never really thought of drama as a medium that I’d frequently sit down and just read like I would a book. It’s a strange, stupid prejudice on my part which probably has something to do with the fact that I have no interest in writing drama either. I don't particularly enjoy dialogue, and whenever I read a script I always feel dragged dow ...more
Seth
Dec 31, 2012 Seth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the “Life of Galileo,” Bertolt Brecht highlights the astronomer’s struggles with the Catholic Church, which opposed his work extending the theories of Copernicus and threatened him with torture. This was not an idle threat since the Church actually burned at the stake the heliocentric astronomer Giordano Bruno in 1600. It is interesting how leading clerics refused his offer to gaze through his primitive telescope, instead insisting on a philosophical dispute, preferably in Latin, about whethe ...more
Nina
Non sono una lettrice abituale di opere teatrali, e forse questo significa che non sono in grado di cogliere le loro sfumature più sottili; in ogni caso, avendolo letto sotto costrizione del mio professore di italiano, cercherò di analizzare solo gli aspetti più evidenti di questo libro e lasciare la sua discussione pseudo-filosofica al caro Devi.
In più, sbatti.

Se c'è un vantaggio che le opere teatrali hanno su qualunque altro genere letterario è il fatto che essendo essenzialmente dialogo, e qu
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Niuosha
Apr 08, 2016 Niuosha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
کسی که حقیقت رو نمی دونه فقط نادونه ولی اون کسی که حقیقت رو می دونه و انکار می کنه جنایتکاره
ماهرعبد الرحمن
من أهم أعمال بريخت. وكان الدكتور عبد الرحمن بدوى قد قام بترجمتها وصدرت هى ومسرحية أخرى(غير مشهورة)بعنوان"طبول فى الليل". وكلاهما صدر فى كتاب واحد أخيرا فى سلسلة المسرح العالمى. فى مسرحية جاليليو يقدم بريخت من خلال قصة حياة العالم الإيطالى المعروف جاليليو جاليلي، مناقشة لأفكار كثيرة ومهمة جدا، كم كان خطيرا أن يؤكد السينيور جاليليو أن الأرض هى التى تدور حول الشمس( هذه فكرة أقدم من جاليليو، لكنها أصبحت قوية فى وقته للدرجة التى إستدعت فيها تلك المواجهة العنيفة من الكنيسة)ورغم أنه لم يتراجع عن أفكاره ...more
Jenn
Mar 11, 2010 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very many quotes that I utterly enjoyed from this play:

"SAGREDO: Galileo, I see you embarking on a frightful road. It is a disastrous night when mankind sees the truth. And a delusive hour when it believes in human reason. What kind of person is said to go into things with his eyes open? One who is going to his doom. How could the people in power give free rein to somebody who knows the truth, even if it concerns the remotest stars? Do you imagine the Pope will hear the truth when you
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Robert Beveridge
Bertolt Brecht, Galileo (Grove Press, 1952)

Publishers who put out "literature" (perhaps I should capitalize the L) have felt it necessary for the past half-century or so to include long-winded dissections of the texts as a part of their editions. No mind is paid, seemingly, to whether these long-winded dissections contain major plot spoilers (they almost always do). Add Eric Bentley's interminable preface to the Grove Press edition of Brecht's Galileo to the list. Perhaps Grove assumes anyone re
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Maria Nicolaou
Nov 07, 2013 Maria Nicolaou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brecht's Galileo is one of the most realistic, fully developed characters I've experienced so far. The author does not "contaminate" his work with exaggerations, and does not hesitate to add a little humour in what might have been a tragedy. And this is why he gives heroism a new meaning; to be a hero does not mean to sacrifice one's life. It is rather the kind of heroism that sacrifices the anticipations of people likes us: people who are so eager to grant heroism a taste of feverish revolution ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Feb 27, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, literature, script
عنوان: زندگی گالیله؛ نویسنده: برتولت برشت (1898-1956 آلمان)، مترجم: عبدالرحیم احمدی، انتشارات: نیلوفر، در 285 صفحه، چاپ هشتم - زمستان 1390

نمایشنامه ای در مورد زندگی گالیله دانشمند و منجم برجسته ایتالیایی
گالیله همراه با دخترش ویرجینیا، خدمتکارش ننه سارتی و پسر خدمتکارش آندره آ در خانه ای محقر در ونیز زندگی میکنند. گالیله بعد از سالها تحقیق و پژوهش عقیده خود را مبنی بر گردش زمین به دور خورشید اعلام میکند که این امر با مخالفت کلیسا مواجه میگردد و در نتیجه کلیسا میخواهد گالیله را وادار به توبه کردن
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Nicholas Seders
Jan 31, 2015 Nicholas Seders rated it really liked it
When Scholarship & Politics Come Into Conflict...

A really interesting drama results. Having a preference for historical fiction and an amateur's interest in astronomy, I picked up this title to fulfill an undergraduate-level Scriptwriting Seminar assignment. I was pleased to find that Galileo not only satisfied my coursework needs, but also the two interests I mentioned above - without reading like a textbook for Renaissance History or Intro to Astrometry.

Aside from the tension that drives
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Luana
Mar 15, 2011 Luana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geniale opera di un drammaturgo del Novecento. Galileo esce dai libri di scuola (parlo almeno per una studentessa come me che ne ha sentito parlare solo in quel contesto) per indossare i panni di uno scienziato scorbutico, legato ai piaceri della vita e disposto persino a truffare pur di far trionfare la scienza. Un testo teatrale che fa riflettere sui rapporti che intercorrono tra la società, la scienza e la Chiesa, la paura dell'innovazione, il radicamento della tradizione come controllo del p ...more
Katie
Feb 09, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.75
It wasn't a work of history, nor an accurate work of science. But what it is is a discussion on truth, and the importance of a discovery that shakes and breaks apart the very foundations of what is known as truth. It is a tale of determination and passion, but also of human fallibility. (view spoiler)
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Valentina
Jan 17, 2016 Valentina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il dramma sulla vita di Galileo inizia nel 1610, a pochi anni dal rogo di Giordano Bruno, e si conclude poco dopo l'abiura del 1633. Galileo è moderno, troppo moderno per il suo tempo, e Brecht sottolinea, grazie agli altri personaggi, la paura che si ha del progresso: come reagiranno i poveri contadini nello scoprire che non siamo il centro dell'universo? Vogliamo davvero far crollare i fondamenti della loro vita in nome della ragione? Sarà Freud, anni e anni dopo, a dirci che, infatti, la perd ...more
Cristina - Athenae Noctua
Un testo di forte valenza culturale, storica ed etica, che pone l'attenzione sui doveri degli intellettuali nella lotta per l'affermazione della verità e, con essa, della libertà. Il sapere è per Galileo/Brecht ciò che dovrebbe essere per tutti noi: non un cumulo precostituito di nozioni da usare per controllare il prossimo o per glorificare e autocelebrare se stessi in quanto possessori della verità, ma come uno strumento di progresso che aiuti gli uomini a comprendere gli uomini e a sostenerne ...more
Shahad al-ani
بائسة هي الدولة التي تحتاج إلى أبطال
Jessica
Yeah Schulbuch
Victor Davis
Feb 02, 2016 Victor Davis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: influences
What a powerful play. I've always heard the adage that plays are meant to be performed, not read. That's fine, but I still can't shake the belief that the most substantive plays must be written by substantive playwrights who must have just as masterful a command over the written word as the visual performance. Bertolt Brecht possesses that command. I've always loved The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, and recently added The Miracle Worker to my list of favorite plays, but even these undisputed ...more
Juan Manuel Wills
This elaborate play, one of the best of its production according to many, creates a reflection on how important, science is for mankind to open the horizons for understanding how things work and enable him seek more ambitious goals without relying on religious authorities to decide what the truth is. It also contains a strong critique of the methods of religion, particularly when the Inquisition was in effect trying to decide the story that's best for its leaders to maintain control of their sub ...more
علی
اغلب اثار برتولد برشت به فارسی برگردانده شده؛ "سقراط مجروح" کیکاووس جهانداری / "در انبوه شهرها" عبدالرحمن صدریه / "استثناء و قاعده" محمود اعتماد زاده(م. به آذین) / "ان که گفت آری و آن که گفت نه" مصطفی رحیمی / زندگانی گالیله (گالیله ئو گالیله ئی) عبدالرحیم احمدی / "ترس و نکبت رایش سوم" شریف لنکرانی / "ننه دلاور و فرزندان او" مصطفی رحیمی / "آدم، آدم است" دو ترجمه از شریف لنکرانی و امین موید / "بچه فیل" و استنطاق لوکولوس" شریف لنکرانی / "زن نیک سچوان" دو ترجمه از فریده ی لاشایی و مهدی زمانیان / "دا ...more
Chris
A rather good play about Galileo and the struggle of science and knowledge. Personally, I would have enjoyed more from the two women characters in terms of development. The production is nicely acted and there are some wonderful uses of humor.

Crossposted at Booklikes.
Scolaro
"Leben des Galilei" steht auf meiner Prüfungsliste für Deutsch als Hauptlektüre. Als ich mich endlich überwunden hatte, damit anzufangen (wir wissen schließlich alle, wie "toll" von der Schule verordnete Lektüre meist ist) fand ich das Stück überraschend unterhaltsam.

Es wird sicher keins meiner Lieblingsbücher werden, aber zumindest ist es geistig anregender als der andere Mist, der uns in diesem Fach über die Jahre aufgezwungen wurde.

Das Stück ist munter, seine Darsteller farbenfroh, und auch
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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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