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The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Bertolt Brecht
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5 July 2007 Penguin Modern Classics
The play is a parable inspired by the Chinese play Chalk Circle. Written at the close of World War II, the story is set in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, and retells the tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers. A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn around a society misdirected in its priorities. Brecht's statements about class are cloaked in the innocence of a fable that whispers insistently to the audience.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Kenya ed edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141189169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141189161
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the greatest poets and dramatists of our century" The Observer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Bertold Brecht (1898-1956) is one of Germany's best-known playwrights. His social critiques, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Threepenny Opera, resonate with modern audiences and continue to be frequently performed.

Eric Bentley, one of the foremost authorities on the modern theatre, is a recognized playwright, critic and scholar, and a longtime intimate of Brecht. His most recent book is Bentley on Brecht.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful theatrical experience 19 Sep 2011

This is the script of a wonderful theatrical experience in which Brecht uses his famous alienation effect, an effect which "paused" the play's narrative and forced the audience to think, to consider what they had seen and to reach conclusions. It is now a much copied effect and, of course, variants of the technique had been used since Greek theatre.

It is a rich plot, full of theatre, fun and moving experiences.


PS This is not the later translation with WH Auden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good copy 21 Feb 2014
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I have a very good copy
We have decided not to perform the play at the moment. We are doing Once A Catholic.
It's more fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Play 28 Mar 2013
By Rp.
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I have studied this piece in class before from a performance side of things. Such a brilliant play written in such an nice, alternative easy read way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Jan 2013
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This was invaluable in my daughter's BTEC drama course, it was wonderful to see her group perform this play. Truly wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 21 Aug 2012
By Heidi
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My daughter asked me to order this so she could prepare for when she starts 6th Form. It arrived really quickly and she has read it already. Her view was it was a really good read and she found it very interesting. So many thanks
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