A Heiner Müller reader: plays, poetry, prose

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001 - Drama - 244 pages
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Heiner Muller lived through Germany's tumultuous history from Hitler's rise through Soviet occupation to the building and eventual demolition of the Berlin Wall. One of his earliest memories was of his father being beaten by Brownshirts and taken away to a concentration camp; later, Muller chose to stay in the Soviet Zone even when his father defected to the West. His work presents a phantasmagoric vision of culture and history. Though a committed Marxist, Muller loathed the East German government, and his works were often censured for their caustic portrait of a Germany whose history was an unending act of division and violence. This new anthology traces the multifaceted evolution of Muller the playwright, poet, and eloquent observer of his century's violent trajectory. The writings collected here range from Muller's earliest work, including short stories and early poems from the 1950s, to some of his last works, including Germania 3 Ghosts at Dead Man. Translator and editor Carl Weber provides helpful introductions to each of the selections.

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Contents

A Collage of Poetry and Prose
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Dont laugh but if a town has perished
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And between ABC and two times two
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Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Heiner Müller, one of Germany's most influential and respected playwrights, died in 1995. Other collections of his work include The Battle, Explosion of a Memory, and Hamletmachine and Other Texts for the Stage, all edited and translated by Carl Weber and available from Johns Hopkins. Carl Weber collaborated with Bertolt Brecht. An internationally known stage director, he is a professor of directing and dramaturgy in the Department of Drama at Stanford University.

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