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Mother Courage and Her Children: Adapted By David Hare (original 1939; edition 1996)

by Bertolt Brecht

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Title:Mother Courage and Her Children: Adapted By David Hare
Authors:Bertolt Brecht
Info:Arcade Publishing (1996), Edition: 1st Arcade pbk. ed, Paperback, 112 pages
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Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht (1939)



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Brecht's masterpiece, and one of the few that is regularly performed right now. Having seen this in various performances, I was interested in reading it. The reading is actually easier than the performance, perhaps because theatres tend to emphasize the action and add extra bits of action, and because it is often treated in such a somber serious way. As I was reading, I was surprised to find that many of the scenes I remembered as extremely long were actually not long at all. The dialogue moves more quickly in the reading than in the performance. ( )
  Devil_llama | Dec 17, 2014 |
The Most Boring Play I have ever read.: There is not a single passage of entertainment in this play, or anything even scarcely enjoyable about the reading experience. You will never finish it unless you are at all interested in the Thirty Years War. If you're going to read anything by Brecht, try the witty 'Threepenny Opera', which succeeds at everything that Brecht needs to do to impart his political beliefs without putting his readers to sleep.
1 vote iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
A fun and horrifying antiwar tragedy. ( )
  jorgearanda | Mar 19, 2009 |
an excellent brecht play that, despite what some say of the nature of his plays, does have a fair amount of emotionalism in it, at least as far as the fate of the children goes (kattrin in particular). this doesn't take away at all from brecht's social statements, which are in full effect and as concrete as ever. plays allow more of a focus on character actions than prose, and this is very important for 'mother courage'.
eric bentley's translations, i would assume, are excellent (considering how much brecht he has translated and the fact that he actually worked with brecht for several of his translations) and his introduction is insightful and helpful for anyone unfamiliar with brecht. brecht even has a few notes towards the end of this edition that also explain the character of mother courage and the play's theme in general. ( )
1 vote stephensoldner | Jan 8, 2009 |
Brechtian theater is built on the concept that to much emotional response by the audience interferes with the social commentary of the work and ultimately decreases a work's ability to bring about social change.

Brecht, writing during World War II, gives us a story of a woman who relies on a war that is killing her children to make a profit. A ringing condemnation of what Eisenhower would call the Military Industrial Complex. ( )
  DCArchitect | Aug 7, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bertolt Brechtprimary authorall editionscalculated
Steffin, MargareteAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bentley, EricTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buitinck, GerryAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dukakis, OlympiaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edfelt, BritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edfelt, JohannesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manheim, RalphEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roessler, NormanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tiesema, H.D.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vigliero, ConsolinaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willett, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A season of War.

At the cost of the children,

money to be made.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802130828, Paperback)

Widely considered one of the great dramatic creations of the modem stage, Mother Courage and Her Children is Bertolt Brecht’s most passionate and profound statement against war. Set in the seventeenth century, the play follows Anna Fierling (“Mother Courage”), an itinerant trader, as she pulls her wagon of wares and her children through the blood and carnage of Europe’s religious wars. Battered by hardships, brutality, and the degradation and death of her children, she ultimately finds herself alone with the one thing in which she truly believes—her ramshackle wagon with its tattered flag and freight of boots and brandy. Fitting herself in its harness, the old woman manages, with the last of her strength, to drag it onward to the next battle. In the enduring figure of Mother Courage, Bertolt Brecht has created one of the most extraordinary characters in literature.

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Anna Fierling, an itinerant trader during the seventeenth century, becomes known as "Mother Courage" after constant warfare gradually claims all of her children.

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