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Jewish Wife and Other Short Plays: Includes: In Search of Justice; Informer; Elephant Calf; Measures Taken; Exception and the Rule; Salzburg Dance of Death

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These six plays represent the best and most humorous of Brecht's shorter works. The Jewish Wife is from the Fear and Misery in the Third Reich cycle of one-act plays, which, along with In Search of Justice and The Informer, chromicles the hardships of life in Nazi Germany. The Exception and the Rule, one of Brecht's most popular short works, grimly depicts the consequences ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 28th 1994 by Grove Press (first published March 28th 1971)
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Bertolt Brecht worked on this in mid-1930s Germany, when things began to get ugly. In the title play, a bourgeois housewife, married to a surgeon, wonders, while she packs to go, why half-savages now do the bossing. Three and a half stars.

"The Jewish Wife," along with one-acts by Dorothy Parker and George Bernard Shaw, will take the stage in the fall for a four-week run.
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
I was surprised at how short and simply written these plays were. They detail everyday life in early Nazi Germany. Nothing brutal by today's standard is depicted, but some of the plays really creep inside of you and linger. Murder and atrocity has a way of becoming depersonalized when it's removed and in such staggering numbers. To read the Informer, one of the short plays in this collection, is to get ten minutes of fly on the wall time inside one family's kitchen. A husband and wife send their ...more
Ehsan Ghiasi
The exception and the rule
I read this for a Third Reich Lit class in college (yes, it actually was called Third Reich, and no, it wasn't propaganda). Anyway, I've actually reread "The Jewish Wife" several times since. Perhaps it was because my professor was so passionate about it, but really, I find that its a very short play, but says so much about what the people of Germany were going through during such a crazy time.
Eliza A.
The first three plays (The Jewish Wife, In Search of Justice, The Informer) - 4 stars
The last three plays (Measures Taken, Exception and the Rule, Salzburg Dance of Death) - 3 stars
Undecided about Elephant Calf.
I think Brecht's plays need to be seen rather than read. I could have used some help with interpretation.
Chris Schaeffer
Short Brecht. I don't know. A few excerpts from longer pieces, which seems kind of useless to me.
I only read the Jewish Wife but I thought it was quite good.
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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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