The Caucasian Chalk Circle

By Bertolt Brecht, Eric Bentley

Few authors have had the sort of dramatic impression as Bertolt Brecht. His paintings has helped to form a iteration of writers, theatergoers, and thinkers. His performs are studied world wide as texts that modified the face of theater.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a parable encouraged by means of the chinese language play Chalk Circle. Written on the shut of global struggle II, the tale is decided within the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. It retells the story of King Solomon and a toddler claimed through and fought over via moms. yet this chalk circle is metaphorically drawn round a society misdirected in its priorities. Brecht's statements approximately type are cloaked within the innocence of a fantasy that whispers insistently to the audience.

No translations of Brecht's paintings are as trustworthy and compelling as Eric Bentley's. those types are broadly considered because the ordinary renderings of Brecht's paintings, making sure that destiny generations of readers will are available shut touch with the paintings of a playwright who brought a brand new frame of mind in regards to the theater.

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