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Graft: Tales of an Actor (Oberon Book) [Paperback]

Steven Berkoff
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1998 Oberon Book
Harry is a dedicated actor, often out of work, rejected and desperate for opportunities to practice his art. Brief moments of success only serve to increase his thirst for fulfillment. In these moving, sometimes harrowing short stories Steven Berkoff, tears the skin off the acting profession to reveal the raw, bleeding reality of the actors everyday life.

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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd; 1st edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840020385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840020380
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 858,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brutal, compassionate, brilliant. Examines the actor s soul with a passion that is acutely painful and appallingly funny" Richard E. Grant --Richard E. Grant

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Widely known as an actor, director and playwright, Steven Berkoff is one of the leading British exponents of modern theatre, with a taste for stark contrasts and disturbing juxtapositions. His original and outrageous play 'East' combined Shakespearean grandeur and cockney rhyming slang to riotous effect. Adaptations including Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' and 'The Trial', Oscar Wilde's 'Salome' and further stage plays such as 'Greek' and 'Kvetch', performed throughout the world, have earned him a international following.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enough to put anyone off acting...ever. 8 Dec 1999
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This is a stunningly brilliant account of the life of the modern British actor. It sensitively tells of the yearnings "to create, to give, to make patterns," only to be thwarted by the evil monsters that are agents and directors, incapable of viewing true talent when they see it. Classic Berkoff - caustic, funny, enthralling, honest - a must-buy for anyone who's anything to do with the stage (and no they didn't pay me to say that.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graft, Tales of an Actor 28 Aug 2004
I read this book,and was quite stunned by the parallels which I could see between the stories in the book and my own brother's struggles to make it as an actor. As if often the case with Berkoff, one finds oneself simultaneously tormented and excited by the intricate workings of the human psyche and it's response to hostility from both within and without. Having known my brother's struggles within the business I know very well the realities which this book portrays, the angst, the highs and lows, the measured agony of self rejection, the savage irony of the need to live for one's art only to have that desire thwarted by agents. And through all this the book also works on another level. There is a distinct comparison made between 'working class' theatre (and therefore sensibility) and that of the middle class, but this is done indirectly. That is where the beauty lies in this book, one is stunned into knowing that something most sublime exists in the ordinary sweat and tears of the working class people, and that, in Berkoff is elevated to the level of art, both in his writing and his theatre.'Graft' gave me a glimpse under the foundations of physical theatre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Observed 4 Feb 2013
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Every bitter out of work actor should read this! Its well written, quirky. Made me smile a lot. I never knew Berkoff could be so amusing
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1.0 out of 5 stars Patonising if nothing else. 19 May 2001
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Disappointed would be the only word to describe my feeling after reading this book. I make no claim to know what the life of an actor entails, but this self-obsessed piece of writing has not enlightened me at all. How short tales of 'Harry plays hand ball' or 'Harry goes dancing' are meant to give insight into the life of an actor remains a mystery to me. Not to give the end away, but it is a relief when it finally arrives! Steven Berkoff should remain a dramatist, actor and director, I don't think I would include the title 'novelist' on his CV.
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