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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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Written in exile during the Second World War, the story of Brecht's classic play subverts an ancient Chinese tale - echoed in the Judgement of Solomon - in which two women claim the same child. The message of Brecht's parable is that resources should go to those who will make best use of them. Thanks to the rascally judge, Azdak, one of Brecht's most vivid creations, this
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Arcade Publishing (first published 1945)
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Επιφανειακά είναι ένα υπέροχο παραμύθι. Εσωτερικά του κύκλου με την κιμωλία υπάρχουν κρυμμένα ένοχα κοινωνικοπολιτικά στοιχεία που συνυπάρχουν σε όλο τον κόσμο και είναι εκ διαμέτρου αντίθετα.

Μέσα σε αυτή την πολύ ανθρώπινη ιστορία αποτυπόνονται με διδακτικό και ψυχαγωγικό τρόπο οι ταξικές διαφορές:
Χρυσά παλάτια και χωμάτινα καλύβια.

Οι κοινωνικές διαφορές: πλούσιοι,δυνατοί,ανώτεροι,ξιπασμένοι,αναίσθητοι,
δόλιοι,οσφυοκάμπτες,σφουγγοκωλάριοι και φτωχοί,πεινασμένοι,οργισμένοι,αδικημένοι,τίμιοι,
φο
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Jonfaith
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the sharks the sharks devour
Little fishes have their hour.


This might be the Master at his finest, remarkably both modern and ancient, timeless parables are bracketed in the struggle against fascists with an all too human squalor that likely made Stalin squeal.

The play within the play is apparently from an ancient Chinese tale, it proved unexpectedly surprising. Grusha is a wonderful, highly developed protagonist, unlike the Portia of Venice, her motivation isn't guile but an almost childis
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Boorrito
Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, fiction, germany
What I learnt from this book: rich people suck, poor people suck, war sucks, society sucks, socialism isn't bad and fruit farms are the future.
Anna
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Απλό, μεστό, λιτό, κατανοητό, αριστούργημα!!
Czarny Pies
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a light night at the theatre
Recommended to Czarny by: Everyone. Brecht was idolized in the 1970s and and 1980s.
Shelves: german-lit
Bertolt Brecht considered himself to be a great author which is not terribly surprising as most people are at least partially self-delusion. What is more surprising is how many people agreed with Brecht's high opinion of himself during the middle decades of the Twentieth Century.

In fact Brecht had a wicked sense of humour and a great instincts on how to use the space on the stage to best effect. As a result he produced a number of highly entertaining plays that had audiences laughing in the fou
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Elizabeth
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Tackling a Brecht script takes a lot of patience and time! His writing is complex and fluid and yet the embedded symbolism takes time to unravel and reflect on!

This is one play I would love to see on the stage!
Nickolas the Kid
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theater
Η ιστορία του βασιλιά Σολομώντα και των 2 γυναικων τοποθετημένη στην περίοδο του τριαντακονταετή πολέμου και δοσμένη αριστοτεχνικά απο τον Μπρεχτ... Το βιβλίο περιλαμβάνει και μια διασκεδαστική ιστορία "Τραυματισμένος Σωκράτης"!!
Zebardast Zebardast
من عشق برشت هستم دربست! از ابتدای آشنایی تا همین الان:)
Laura
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, theatre, politics
I saw a production of this but I have not read it yet. Brecht's ideas are abstract and they kept me wondering about the fairy-tale like quality. Grusha, a servant working for a snobbish aristocratic woman (Natella), cares for the child (Michael) who Natella left behind. Grusha is selfless and she gives everything she can to him. When the case is brought to court with the judge named Azdak, the chalk circle is drawn to put the child in. Brecht's ideas intrigued me here. Grusha and Natella are ask ...more
Ana Sanz
I finished reading this a couple weeks ago for my Theatre class and yes, it's that genius Brecht whom everyone has heard of yet no one quite understands. Brecht's works and techniques aiming to completely and utterly emotionally isolate the audience of his plays create confusion as to how the characters should act or whether they should act at all and they SHOULD. The Caucasian Chalk Cirle threads together two conflicts regarding the ownership of farmed land after the second world war, and uses ...more
Rhys
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best Brecht play I have read so far (though they have all been good). There is something particularly engaging about the two main characters, Grusha and Azdak. Although the message of the play is supposedly very straightforwardly "Socialist" I always feel that Brecht is never quite so obviously simple as that. The writing is amazing and the songs always add to the impetus rather than detract from it.
Nadja
Es scheint als wurde der Herr Brecht in seinem Alter ein bisschen "gefühlsduselig" (view spoiler) Aber sonst immer noch Alles beim Alten: alle Geschehen sind noch schön im lieben Marxismuskleid eingepackt. (inkl. Songs und Stück im Stück Parabel)
Cemre
Eski zamanların birinde Devlet Tiyatroları genelde başarılı kadrolarla iyi oyunları sahnelermiş. Cemre de bu zamanların birinde Erzurum DT’den izlemiş Kafkas Tebeşir Dairesi’ni, çok da sevmiş. Bir gün bir sahafta görmüş oyunu, hemen almış. Bugün de okumuş, kim bilir belki de izlemekten zevk aldığından okumaktan da bir o kadar zevk almış.

Erzurum DT demişken, yaklaşık bir ay kadar önce Erzurum DT binasında çıkan yangına ne kadar üzüldüğümü belirtmem lazım. Erzurum DT, başarılı işler sahneye koyan
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Der kaukasische kreidekreis=The caucsian chalk circle, Bertolt Brecht
عنوان: دایره گچی قفقازی؛ اثر: برتولت برشت؛ برگزدان از متن آلمانی: مجید سمندریان؛ تنظیم اشعار: فروغ فرخزاد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، گام، چاپ سوم 1335، در 131 ص، موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان آلمانی قرن 20 م

عنوان: دایره گچی قفقازی؛ اثر: برتولت برشت؛ مترجم: م. امین موید؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، رز، چاپ دوم 1351، در 176 ص، فروست: در قلمرو نمایش، موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان آلمانی قرن 20 م

ماجرای همان داوری سلیمان نبی ست در باره کودک و دو
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Tannaz
هرگز این همخوانی تئاترش یادم نمی رود
دنیا تماشاخونست
تماشاییش فراوونه
هرکسی جای خودشه
اما عدالت وارونست
سال ۷۷
سالن تئاتر اصلی تئاتر شهر
Tasniem Sami
لماذا يكون التغريب حاجة اساسية في المسرح الملحمي ؟
التغريب مطلوب لجعل الاشياء مفهومة لانه عندنا تكون الاشياء واضحة بذاتها لا تكون هناك حاجة للفهم ؛ القاء ضوء الفهم علي ما يبدو "طبيعياً" فبهذا يمكن لقوانين العلة والمعلول ان تتضح حيث لابد للشخصيات ان تتصرف كما كانت تتصرف ، وكان عليها في الوقت ذاته ان تقدر علي التصرف بطريقة اخري
عقد بريشت مقارنة بين المتفرج في المسرح الدرمي والتفرج في المسرح الملحمي
المتفرج في المسرح الدرامي يقول :نعم هذا ما شعرت به هكذا انا .ذلك طبيعي.ان عذاب هذا الانسان يهزني لان
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Eadweard
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking place right after WWII, in the Caucasus region, but most of it actually being told as a story within the play (which is set a few centuries in the past?). While the actual play is inspired by an old chinese drama.
Alicia
Mar 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am, clearly, missing something. The only thing reading this play gave me was a headache. War sucks, but I think that has always been a given. I didn't nee this play to know that. Also, one play is enough of a challenge without the play within a play debacle.
Ali
Mar 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
دایره گچی قفقازی از مهم ترین نمایش نامه های تیاتر حماسی برشت و یکی از آخرین آنها در دوران هجرت او در آمریکاست. در این اثر برشت از تیاتر در تیاتر هم بهره برده است. واقعه که در انتهای جنگ دوم جهانی در شوروی رخ می دهد، توسط یک گروه دوره گرد نوازنده و خواننده روایت می شود. هسته ی اصلی واقعه در طول ده ها صحنه و واقعه ی دیگر، بر سر تصاحب یک طفل می گذرد، و کشمکش میان مادر اصلی و کسی که طفل را نجات داده و با مرارت بزرگ کرده است. کودتایی در منطقه روی داده، فرمانداری از کار برکنار شده، گردنش را زده اند. ه ...more
Marie
May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absurd
Soviet landlords and workers argue about who's the right owner of the land. A marxist discussion which the workers will win in the end. To pronise us the illusion of an objective topic solved in an objective manner, Bretch employs a play inside the play technique with roots in the ancient chinese legend of the chalk circle, which is a lot like its widely known counterpart in the judeochristian tradition: the story of King Salomon.

It's a sugar coated version, Marx'd up version of The Augsburg Cha
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Vernon Goddard
I once acted in a powerful production of Brecht's satirical masterpiece in, of all places, Kampala, Uganda

I suppose the play can be summarised as follows: The city burns in the heat of civil war and a servant girl sacrifices everything to protect an abandoned child. But when peace is finally restored, the boy's mother comes to claim him. Calling upon the ancient tradition of the Chalk Circle, a comical judge sets about resolving the dispute. But in a culture of corruption and deception, who wins
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pax
Aaaah, Herr Brecht, ich weiß, was Sie mit diesem Stück tun. Und trotzdem: ich falle darauf hinein, immer wieder.

Ich liebe die Figuren, die jemand, die auch nur ein wenig mit der Folklore der ehemaligen Sowjetunion vertraut ist, sofort kulturell zuordnen kann. Und ich liebe diesen Hintergrund, so wunderbar eingearbeitet. Und die Sprache, natürlich die Sprache.

(Wo kann ich jetzt das Stück bitte richtig gut umgesetzt auf der Bühne sehen? Wird es überhaupt noch gespielt?)
Maxwell
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own-it, 2015, drama
This was a very strange play. It follows the old story of two women forced to prove they're the mother of a child by fighting over it, and the true mother won't harm the child. It was a sort of play within a play, with a chorus of singers and poetry woven into it, which I enjoyed, but it seemed to be very disjointed plot wise. I'll be interested to discuss this in class to hopefully illuminate my understanding.
Jimmakos Gavagias
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is amazing the ability that some writers have to compress in a very short story a very strong message. It's also a good reminder of what writting is,simple things,powerfull message,unexpected ending. You don't need anything else no fancy writting no blood no sex. PS. In this adition there is also a short story called the injury of Sokrates. Brecht succeds to make us understand that you can win and be lost and you can lose and be a winner.
Niws
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deutsch, coursebook
A drama that really embodies the spirit of Brecht's epic theater, and delivers a strong political and philosophical message. I wrote my dissertation about this and Der gute Mensch von Sezuan. The comments at the back are helpful. This edition also includes two earlier, shorter versions of the drama, which gives greater insight into Brecht's writing process.
Persia
Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
گروشه:میتونم بفهمم که میخواهید غائله رو زود ختم کنید. چون که دیدم ازشون -پول- گرفتین.
آزداک: پوزتو ببند.مگه از تو گرفتم؟
گروشه:من نداشتم که ازم بگیرین.
آزداک:کاملا درسته.از شما گدا گشنه ها که چیزی نمیگیریم.
پس لابد باید از گشنگی میمردم؟
شماها عدالت میخواین.اما پولشو میدین؟ وقتی از قصاب گوشت میخرین میدونین که باید پول بدین.اما پهلوی قاضی همون جور میرین که به مجلس مرده خوری!
Jackie
The genuine emotion behind the scenes between Grusha and the kid caught me by surprise. I don't feel alienated at all. What gives, Bertolt?
Susan
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teaching in Modern Drama
Pieces
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
One of my all time favourites. Has the ability to make you laugh, cry and think, as well as being one of my favourite plays to perform.
Verena
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-uni
Mr Brecht & I certainly never gonna be friends.
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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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