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Sacrified to powers larger than himself, Woyzeck is one of drama's first antiheroes. Nicholas Rudall captures the power of the play for contemporary audiences through his masterly translation.
Paperback, 210 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Reclam (first published 1837)
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May 23, 2013 Gundula rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys German literature, especially German drama
Woyzeck is a play that is harsh, often vicious and like most of Georg Büchner's opus, ahead of its time. Not all that difficult to read and understand if one's level of German is above basic intermediate, Woyzeck tugs at all emotions and provides ample food for thought, reflection and discussion. Highly recommended, and as an adjunct, I also suggest watching the film version of Woyzeck, starring the late, great Klaus Kinski (who for me absolutely epitomises the character of Woyzeck, of a soldier...more
A constant in my life since I read it my first year of college. I saw it once in Vienna and again in Paris with an IB class. I wish I'd been able to see Tom Waits's version.
Woyzeck as a victim of society. If you loved this book as much as I did, Werner Herzog's film adaptation starring Klaus Kinski is a must see.
Woyzeck wurde als Fragment hinterlassen, da Büchner während des Schreibens an Typhus erkrankte und starb. Das macht das Stück ungleich verwirrend, obwohl die Rahmenhandlung klar ist. Woyzeck, einfacher Soldat und Vater eines unehelichen Kindes, will seine Marie, die Mutter des Kindes, finanziell unterstützen und gerät dadurch an den Rand der Armut. Als er, der schon Anzeichen physischer und Psychischer Instabilität zeigt, erfährt, dass Marie eine heimliche Affäre begonnen hat, obwohl er sich für...more
بسام عبد العزيز
لم أستطع تحمل كمية البذاءة في المسرحية.. حتى بالرغم من كونها مترجمة مما يجعلها بكل تأكيد أقل بذاءة من النص الأصلي.. لكنني لا أتخيل كيف كان فعلا شكل النص الأصلي!
المسرحية تتحدث عن أحد الضباط الذي يقتل زوجته لخيانتها له.. نوع من التراجيديات التي تذكرك بأسلوب شكسبير المسرحي..
لم أفهم العديد من العبارات في المسرحية.. ليس بسبب سوء الترجمة و لكن لأن بيشنر يكتب برمزية مبالغ فيها للغاية.. أو قد أكون أنا أقل ذكاءا مما ينبغي..
'It was ok', but nothing more. The drama was never completed, even the order of the scenes is uncertain. Most of the them don't connect to each other and make no sense in the context of the story, because Büchner died before he was able to finish "Woyzeck".
One good thing after all: You can read it in about half an hour.
Shasta McBride
Jan 10, 2008 Shasta McBride rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who loved crime and punishment
Could there be a play more moving than Woyzeck, especially as performed at BAM? Still, to this day, blows my mind and wish I could re-see. The story, for me, had a camus, woolf-like effect one me. Made me question the morals I put on society and, obviously, felt like Woyzeck, identified with him.
This play was so way ahead of it's time as to be downright spooky. A tragedy as reflected in a fun house mirror.
Quest'opera letteraria è tanto breve quanto angosciante; lascia un senso d'angoscia e d'inquietudine come se ci si sentisse oppressi senza avere una via di fuga. La struttura frammentaria dell'opera, il fatto che sia incompiuta, l'essenzialità dei personaggi e dei dialoghi aumentano questo senso d'irrequietezza.
Il lettore percepisce l'angoscia del personaggio principale, Woyzeck, un soldato che tutti fanno sentire sbagliato: dal capitano che lo usa come barbiere facendolo sentire moralmente pov...more
As somebody already pointed out, the story of a man driven insane by the insanity of society. While the idea in itself has tons of potential, I thought the execution leaves one rather unsatisfied. The nonlinear, almost sporadic structure is highly unusual, definitely predated, and works all right, even though the individual scenes do need a lot of polishing. I can see quite clearly the need to write several versions, move bits of dialogue and entire scenes about to see what works best where, sin...more
Simon Mcleish

Like Samuel Butler in England, Bũchner was derided and unpublishable in the nineteenth century, yet has gone on to be seen as an influential forerunner of twentieth century literature. As is the case with The Way of All Flesh, it is easy to see why Woyzeck seemed so strange and even dangerous. The structure of the play immediately strikes the reader (a stage production would hide this aspect of it to a certain extent). Instead of the conventional three or five acts, the play consists of twenty f...more
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Hamid Hasanzadeh
مروری بر ویتسک نوشته گئورگ بوشنر

آشنایی من با این اثر نا تمام گئورگ بوشنر برمی گردد به اجرای به یاد ماندنی آن به کارگردانی رضا ثروتی که سال 91 در تالار حافظ به اجرا رفت.
یوهان کریستین ویتسک سرباز 41 ساله ی آلمانی در شهر لاپزیگ آلمان با پی بردن به این که معشوقه اش با مردان دیگر رابطه دارد،او را در خیابان مقابل خانه اش با ضربات چاقو به قتل می رساند که در پی آن در ملا عام اعدام می شود.بوشنر این موضوع را دستمایه نمایشنامه ی دراماتیک خود قرار داده است.
فرانز ویتسک را می بینیم که در خدمت سروان است و به ت...more
Thomas Waterton
I confess, my interest with Woyzeck originally stemmed entirely from my favourite Tom Waits album - Blood Money - which consists of songs written for a musical production of the play by the Steppenwolf Theater Company. (How I wish I could go back in time and see that!) But the unfinished play stands on its own merits as a fascinating piece of artistic history. Allegedly the first tragedy about a member of the lower classes, Woyzeck gives a picture of humanity that wouldn't be seen again until th...more
Nikolaus Geromont
Das Drama „Woyzeck” wurde von Karl Georg Büchner 1837 geschrieben, und wurde erst zwei-und-vierzig Jahre später veröffentlicht. Nach der ersten Publikation wurde dieses fragmentarische Theaterstück mehrmals überarbeitet, imitiert, und zu Filmen, Gedichten, Novellen und Opern beschrieben. Es handelt hauptsächlich von einem mittellosen Soldat, Friedrich Franz Woyzeck, der von seiner Gesellschaft heftig unterdrückt sei, und der am Ende des Stückes seine Geliebte, aufgrund seiner wachsenden Verrückt...more
Di G.Buchner, ho amato "Lenz", e ho trovato questo frammento una sua degna continuazione; cambia il personaggio: Lenz era un poeta, Woyczeck è un soldato, ma nel suo racconto si ritrova la stessa innocenza tradita, lo stesso disadattamento, la stessa sofferenza muta e impotente, che caratterizzava la vita del poeta. Le varie edizioni in italiano disponibili, si riferiscono alle varie stesure, e ai vari ritocchi, non sempre giustificati, avvenuti a quest opera nel corso degli anni. Io possiedo qu...more
Erik Delano-Bluth
Buchner's allegorical tale of a man who returns from the military to be turned into a cuckhold by his wife and the state in which he served. There is a lot to be gleamed from this tale. Woyzeck seems to be a simple man allowing others such as the Doctor and his wife to take advantage of him, or make the assumption that their actions will go unnoticed by this marginalized character. But just because he is a simple man doesn't mean he's docile. When he starts to notice certain things, or let reali...more
This particular version of Woyzeck includes the final version, as it was put together after Büchner's death and all of his earlier versions. Which means you read the play about 7 to 9 times, as I had to do. Which means you better like the play on the first read, or it's going to be a very, very long read.

In a way, the play was not that bad. There were a few things I liked, such as Woyzeck's answer when they're talking about his illegitimate child ("Herr Hauptmann, der liebe Gott wird den armen W...more
i was itching to give this book just one star, but i think part of my reason for that would have been the teacher who made us read it, i tried to imagine what i would have thought of it if i had read it of my own free will. so i decided the "it was ok" star is better.
like i said, we read this in school with a substitute (who looked like my idea of woyzeck, which was a bit freaky) and we didn't like him very much. first of all, he was having a lot a trouble ordering the books, so we wound up read...more
I love this fragment.
opens up the depths of human behaviour.
dark and fascinating. rich and intense. but also depressing in its hopelessness.
not an easy read though. getting to the core-themes of the piece takes quiet some analyzing.
There is a lot of inconvenients I have with this book: the lack of a proper ending since Büchner couldn't end this work before his death and the modifications done according to the editions, as the merging of two characters.

The other problem is that I lack of context to put this work in its correct time of production but I feel like it has a lot of elements belonging to the category of absurd and in some way it also made me think of Chejov's The Cherry Orchard as there's a conflict floating in...more
Ashley Cox
Good play, crappy translation.

I found the play itself to be a power social commentary that pays close attention to the wretchedness that is poverty. Not matter what Woyzeck does, he is barely scrapping by and gets absolutely no respect from his superiors (or even his equals OR inferiors). Woyzeck's decent in to madness is triggered by the constant 'wretchedness' that his life is - he is continuously criticized and 'studied'. Regardless of what he does, he is believed to lack morals simply becaus...more
basiert auf einer wahren Gelegenheit und lässt im Grunde genommen vieles Hinterfragen und regt zum Nachdenken an, ist jedoch etwas anstrengend zu lesen.
I KNOW this is a hugely influential piece of contemporary drama, and I KNOW it's a must-read for any drama student, but I just don't get it. I must have missed the memo or something.

Buuuu, that was so bad! Why do we need to read things like that for school?!?!?!
Excellent work, both in its own and as a precursor to the Theatre of the Absurd, Brecht, and to a degree, postmodernism. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes alarming and nihilistic play about "a man not acting, but acted upon" (and that mostly by the caricature of an abusive upper class). I'd definitely recommend it if you're at all interested in theatre and/or social justice (Büchner pushed for it; this play is an expression of his views) and class relations (particularly their history). Well, maybe...more
Jane Mcneil
Couldn't get into or care about the characters due to the fragmented structure.
why do we have to read so many stupid books for school
Maybe 1.5 stars but I just didn't like this play and I understood nothing when I read it (I would've been so lost without the Internet). Also the part with the cat was just really weird. There are way better books to read for school than this one!
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“Slowly, Woyzeck, take it slowly. One thing after another one. You make me feel giddy. - What am I supposed to do with the ten minutes you save rushing that way? What use are they to me? Think about it, Woyzeck; you've got a good thirty years left. Thirty years. That makes three hundred and sizty months - and then there's days, hours, minutes! What're you going to do with such a monstrous amount of time? Eh? Space it out a bit, Woyzeck.” 6 likes
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