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This best-selling volume contains several of the German author's most controversial dramas, in which he radically questions how culture, myth, art, and social relations create history. Includes: Hamletmachine, Correction, The Task, Quartet, Despoiled Shore, and Gundling's Life. One of the most original theatrical minds of our time, Müller, who resided in East Berlin before ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by PAJ Publications (first published June 1st 1978)
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Chris
Jul 13, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Reading this collection, it totally makes sense that Robert Wilson would team up with Muller on his gigantic the CIVIL warS project for the '84 Olympics.
Overall, some very good plays (some clearly better than others).
What is most apparent throughout is Muller's love for the word and his seeming desire to turn the imagery of dreams into allegories for our world. The success his plays depend on how successfully he melds these two seemingly disparate elements. Hamlet-machine, his most famous play,
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Vidal
Nov 27, 2008 Vidal rated it it was amazing
Hamlet Machine cambió la manera de pensar la dramaturgia. Es un parteaguas en el teatro de la segunda mitad del siglo XX. Leerla es un gozo y un riesgo, supone una ruptura con la noción de personaje y la noción de representación teatral. Supongo que emprender la puesta en escena de este texto debe ser muy difícil.
Shiraz
May 06, 2010 Shiraz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Muller hemorrhages his ideas on Hamlet and the intellectual dilemma and while parts of the text might be an interesting jumping off point to explore some of those ideas, they ultimately come across as incoherent. Shifting through the mess of mastbatory ideas of philsophy and theatre seems a silly effort when so many other options are available.
Genjiro
Jul 19, 2009 Genjiro marked it as unfinished
This is rigorous reading especially for those unfamiliar with Muller's subject and style. An old buddy of mine took me to see this play maybe 18 years ago and since then Hamlet Machine has been on my mind. I thought this book would be the best way to get into the mind of its creator and learn more about this modern masterpiece for theatre-drama.
Chambers Stevens
Jul 25, 2013 Chambers Stevens rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Heiner Muller is not for everyone.
It fact he isn't for most people.
I directed the world premiere of his play Medeaplay
Erin
Sep 05, 2007 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theatre
brilliant, amazingly difficult to perform, memorizing the lines took forever but getting to play hamlet - well, what girl doesn't want to do that
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I was Hamlet. I stood at the waterfront and talked to the surf BLAH BLAH BLAH, behind me the ruins of Europe.
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Heiner Müller (1929 – 1995) was a German (formerly East German) dramatist, poet, writer, essayist and theatre director. Described as "the theatre's greatest living poet" since Samuel Beckett, Müller is often considered the most important German dramatist of the 20th century after Bertolt Brecht. His "enigmatic, fragmentary pieces" are a significant contribution to postmodern drama and postdramatic ...more
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