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Life of Galileo

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This Student Edition of Brecht's classic dramatisation of the conflict between free enquiry and official ideology features an extensive introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as questions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text. It is the perfect edition for st ...more
Paperback, Methuen Student Editions, 192 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (first published 1943)
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Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
گالیله: کسی که حقیقت را نمی داند "ابله" است. اما کسی که حقیقت را می داند و آن را انکار می کند "تبهکار" است


داستانی درباره تهدید و مهجور کردن دانایی
تا همچنان تحجر حکمفرمایی کند
و مردم در ظلم و فقر زندگی کنند و زورمندان قوی تر از گذشته شوند
و اسم این را گذاشته بودند نظم، نظم عالی یا به قول علمای مذهبی این است قانون جاویدان
اما چرا نظم در این سرزمین، منحصر به نظم در جیب خالی است و ضرورت. فقط ضرورت در کار کردن تا پای مرگ...دوست عزیز فضیلت به فقر نچسبیده است

گالیله را مجبور به سکوت می کنند و انکار حقیقتی
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Unhappy the land where heroes are needed."

History and literature studies have a natural connecting point in the human need for heroic action and (self-)sacrifice. Reading novelists, historians and poets who experienced the first and second world war first-hand, I slowly came to the conclusion that heroism itself is a flaw in human culture which rarely brings any benefits, but often creates suffering on a big scale, as heroes can be made instruments for dogma and set up as "martyrs" for a cause
Ahmad Sharabiani
Leben des Galilei = Life of Galileo = Galileo, Bertolt Brecht
Life of Galileo (German: Leben des Galilei), also known as Galileo, is a play by the twentieth-century German dramatist Bertolt Brecht with incidental music by Hanns Eisler. The play was written in 1938 and received its first theatrical production (in German) at the Zurich Schauspielhaus, opening on 9 September 1943.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1975 میلادی
عنوان: زندگی گالیله؛ نویسنده: برتولت برشت (1898-1956 آلمان)، مترجم: عبدالرحیم احمدی،
Riku Sayuj
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Riku by: Neerja Pandey
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
Manuel Antão
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Unglücklich das Land, das Helden nötig hat: "Leben des Galilei" by Bertold Brecht

"Galilei: Ja, wo ist sie jetzt? Wie kann der Jupiter angeheftet sein, wenn andere Sterne um ihn kreisen? Da ist keine Stütze im Himmel, da ist kein Halt im Weltall! Da ist
eine andere Sonne!
Sagredo: Beruhige dich. Du denkst zu schnell.
Galilei: Was, schnell! Mensch, reg dich auf! Was du siehst, hat noch keiner gesehen. Sie hatten recht!
Sagredo: Wer? Die Kope

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
بخشی از نامۀ گالیله به دوشس کریستینا
نوشته شده به سال ۱۶۱۵

چند سال پیش، همان گونه که علیا حضرت بهتر میدانند، کشف کردم که در آسمانها چیزهای بسیاری وجود دارند که پیش از دوران ما هنوز دیده نشده بودند. تازگی این چیزها، و همچنین تضاد این چیزهای تازه با اندیشههای فیزیکی قدیمی، باعث خشم دیگران علیه من شد - انگار که من این چیزها را با دستان خودم در آسمان قراردادهام تا طبیعت را خشمگین سازم و در علم تغییری ایجاد کنم! آنها با دلبستگی فراوان به باورهای خود به جای دلبستگی به حقیقت، به دنبال انکار و تکذیب وجود
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب شرح دلپذیری است از آنچه بر گالیله گذشت تا دو عدسی کوچک را آیینه ای کند برای نشان دادن وارونگی باورها
برای نجات دادن آسمان و اقمارش از سنگینی آوار عقاید غبار گرفته

همه کم و بیش، خلاصه ای از ماجرای گالیله شنیدیم یا خواندیم و می دانیم که او در زمان خود چه کرد و سپس زمانه با او چه کرد

به نظرم برتولت برشت به زیبایی تلاش گالیله را، از دیدگاه هنری خود، طرح می زند

اثر، زیاده گویی ندارد و آرام و موقر، بی تکلف وارد ماجرا می شود : مواجهه ای روشن با حقیقت و بعد تقلا ! برای اثبات حقیقت
آنجا که او آسمان ر
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Εξαιρετικός, όπως σε όλα του τα έργα ο Brecht.

Οι σχετικά καινούριες εκδόσεις "Κάπα Εκδοτική", με θεματολογία το θέατρο, εκδίδουν τα πιο ποιοτικά βιβλία αυτή τη στιγμή στην Ελλάδα. Ποιοτικά, όσον αφορά, την εκτύπωση και το αισθητικό αποτέλεσμα. Πραγματικό κόσμημα για την βιβλιοθήκη.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
"Πιστεύω πως ο μοναδικός σκοπός της Επιστήμης είναι να ξαλαφρώσει την ανθρώπινη ύπαρξη από το μόχθο! Όταν οι επιστήμονες, τρομοκρατημένοι από τους ιδιοτελείς δυνάστες, κατακτούν τη γνώση, μόνο για τη χαρά της γνώσης, τότε η Επιστήμη θα καταντήσει μια σακάτισσα και οι καινούριες σας μηχανές, μπορεί να φέρουν καινούριες δυστυχίες στους ανθρώπους!"

Συγγραφέας: Μπρεχτ, γραμμένο το 1937. Σκεφτείτε ότι ο Μπρεχτ ήταν Γερμανός, γνωστός αντιφασίστας και ότι ο Χίτλερ είχε ανέβει ήδη στην εξουσία τότε (
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
Manuel Antão
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, favorites
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Unglücklich das Land, das Helden nötig hat: "Das Leben des Galilei" by Bertold Brecht

"Galilei: Ja, wo ist sie jetzt? Wie kann der Jupiter angeheftet sein, wenn andere Sterne um ihn kreisen? Da ist keine Stütze im Himmel, da ist kein Halt im Weltall! Da ist
eine andere Sonne!
Sagredo: Beruhige dich. Du denkst zu schnell.
Galilei: Was, schnell! Mensch, reg dich auf! Was du siehst, hat noch keiner gesehen. Sie hatten recht!
Sagredo: Wer? Die
Del Seicento e del Novecento.

Quando incontro un libro come questo sono sempre in difficoltà a commentarlo, perchè mi colpisce talmente al cuore che le cose da dire sembrano a volte troppe, a volte troppo poche.
E allora parto dai fatti. La storia è quella che tutti sappiamo, delle difficoltà, delle violenze psicologiche (per fortuna solo quelle: a Giordano Bruno è andata peggio) e della umiliazione dell'abiura che Galileo ha dovuto affrontare in nome della nuova scienza, che proprio nell'età mod
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Επιτέλους, πάνω από μια βδομάδα μετά αποφάσισα να γράψω κριτική.
Αυτός ήταν ο 2ος Μπρεχτ που διάβασα.
Ο πρώτος ήταν η Μάνα Κουράγιο, το 2011.
Δεν μ' άρεσε καθόλου.
Ο Γαλιλαίος πάλι, μ' άρεσε.
Δεν μπορώ να πω ότι τρελάθηκα, αλλά μ' άρεσε.
Ειδικά ο τρόπος που στέλνει το μήνυμα στους επιστήμονες για σύνεση στο πώς χειρίζονται τις γνώσεις τους, πχ. ατομική φυσική.
Και στην εκκλησία, δείχνοντας πόσο οπισθοδρομική είναι, ήταν, και θα είναι στους αιώνες των αιώνων αμήν.
(βλακεία κριτική)

Τώρα έκανα συνειρμό με
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letto
Dramma in quindici scene, compendia la vita di Galilei nel suo essere scienziato consegnandolo perfettamente aderente alla realtà storica, in modo quasi oggettivo, creando però un personaggio ben caratterizzato e al tempo stesso difficile da inquadrare nelle categorie del bene e del male.
La lettura del testo, scorrevole e apparentemente semplice, ha il merito di rievocare la nota vicenda umana dello scienziato senza sovraccaricarlo di inutili ideologismi, senza fare di lui un eroe, aprendo al c
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young man, I do not eat my cheese absentmindedly.

Despite my perforated memory, I can still cling to triumph, most of which are the achievements of others but alas I can still appreciate. I thought about Brecht at the end of his life this morning while enjoying this masterful narrative. Did he regard himself as recanted? Did his petty tyranny of the women in his life strike him as abominable? Galileo as depicted by Brecht is too pragmatic to be disarmed by such pondering. He is at ease groveling
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
::همراه با اسپويل::
گاليله در قرن ١٧ 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 سال١٦٠٠ 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،ا
Mira Jundi
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I finished reading this masterpiece of Brecht, I sat thinking about how to go through everything in this play in one review, it's impossible!
This play is absolutely one of the best literary works I've read and will ever read. I couldn't find anything more appropriate to say about it than Brecht's own words from the play itself.
"For where belief has prevailed for a thousand years, doubt now prevails."
"He who does not know the truth is merely an idiot. But he who knows it and calls it a lie, is
howl of minerva
Sep 01, 2014 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
Ein perfektes Theaterstück zu einer Grundkontroverse der menschlichen Natur: Inwiefern beeinflusst Wissenschaft die (christliche) Religion? Hat Religion überhaupt etwas in der Wissenschaft verloren? Und, falls nicht, etwa Ethik? Bertolt Brecht gelingt eine wunderbare, humorvolle und tiefgründige Nahaufnahme des Galileo Galilei, der in einer Zeit spanischer Inquisition und päpstlicher Dokrin versucht, seine Mitmenschen von Orbitalmechanik und Jupitermonden zu überzeugen.
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
Jul 29, 2011 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
Narges Rostami
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
گالیله انسان عقل گرای عصر نوست، او سعادت گمشده ی جامعه عصر خویش که در فقر دست و پا میزند را در آسمان جستجو نمیکند!! به عقیده ی او عقل و اگاهی سلاح مقابله با فقر است و بداقبالی ناشی از حسابهای ضعیف است! او به عقل بشریت معتقد است و میگوید باید حقیقت را جستجو کرد *در تابستان و زمستان، دور یا نزدیک، در همه ی طول عمر و پس از آن* و مردم را در دانستن آن شریک کرد،

این زمین که قرنها مرکز عالم خوانده شده بود و اسقفان و حاکمان و مالکان در مسند قدرت این نقطه ی برگزیده ی جهان هستی بودند، حالا در خطر منسوخ و م
Mariafrancesca di natura viperesca sta con  Orlando
1. Galileo per fare ricerca chiede che non lo si faccia morire di fame ( tagli alla ricerca: quando, un millennio fa?)

2. Galileo chiede che questi aiuti siano a gratuito patrocinio, per non subire ricatti e/o "commissioni non disinteressate " ( prima o dopo verrà fuori lo scandalo diabete, di cui non si riesce a trovare una cura all'altezza dei tempi solo per favorire le case farmaceutiche con le loro pseudoricerche; lo stesso dicasi per i tumori).

Galileo era umano, umanissimo, gran mangiatore,
Maryam F
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** 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
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.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life of Galileo, by Bertolt Brecht, is a lively and fascinating work about science and moral responsibility. Written less like a play and more in the vein of Socratic dialogue, Brecht offers a concise fictionalised account of the rise and fall of Galileo Galilei. What makes this play truly beautiful is that is does not try to affirm science as filled with wonder and potential, but instead employs a critical negativity to make readers re-evaluate scientific research and its potentially detrimenta ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 22, 2012 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
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