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Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Student Editions) [Paperback]

Bertolt Brecht , Non Worrall , Ralph Manheim
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1 Mar 2007 0713685115 978-0713685114
This Student Edition of Brecht's classic satire on the rise of Hitler features an extensive introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as questions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text. It is the perfect edition for students of theatre and literature.Described by Brecht as 'a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all', Arturo Ui is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler -- recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade. Using a wide range of parody and pastiche - from Al Capone to Shakespeare's Richard III and Goethe's Faust - Brecht's compelling parable continues to have relevance wherever totalitarianism appears today. Written during the Second World War in 1941, the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble's most outstanding box-office successes in 1959, and has continued to attract a succession of major actors, including Leonard Rossiter, Christopher Plummer, Antony Sher and Al Pacino.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713685115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713685114
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the greatest poets and dramatists of our century Observer

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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Brecht perfectly displays the rise of a true evil, Hitler in the disguise of a gangster from the Bronx. Written in sheer briliance, the word play creates pain stabbingly funny moments immeadiately turning into sinister situations chilling to the bone.
Reading the play you are left to wonder why nothing was done to stop Ui (Hitler), but as Brecht highlights in his epilogue, there will always be people like this in society, and we had a lucky escape.
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Yet another fantastic read from Bertolt Brecht. Set in the 1940's a frightening but brilliant political inside into Hitler's rise to power, portrayed in the character 'Arturo Ui'.
For some the book will merely be a challenging play, for others an important shift in history of which you can relate to present-day issues. Either way Brecht designed this play to make his audience think and question his work. Although you might find the play heavy at times, this is rescued by a chronological table situated at the back of the book, which runs parallel with the chapters in the play.
Brecht lovers a definite thumbs up - arguably one of his finest works!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui 24 Jan 2010
The play describes the emergence from economic depression of corruption and the murderous protectionism that lead to totalitarian dictatorship. A brilliant satire on Hitler and his miserable band of fascists rise to power.
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