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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P (Dec. 1947)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156806460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156806466
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. D. West on 5 Mar. 2010
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First printed many years ago, this selection of Brecht poems is still well worth having. A bilingual edition, it offers the reader the chance to savour a wide range of Brecht's work, from the early ballads and songs, through the highly politically engaged work to later more rueful pieces. Much reviled by those for whom communism is a discredited and mistaken social philosophy, Brecht has plenty to offer anyone with an ounce of interest in the question of how the world might be made a better place (among many other things). His fierce cunning intelligence and sheer poetic range make him one of the twentieth century's greatest writers.

Despite the efforts of John Fuegi in his biographical character-assassination attempts on the poet-playwright's reputation, Brecht deserves to be judged on his work and not on the highly controversial claims of a man who was once an ardent promoter of the Brecht cause and helped set up the Brecht Yearbook, but who has since turned against the man.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Older on 19 Sept. 2011
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I have recommended this anthology to a number of my friends. Hays' translations seem to my reading to be fresh and vital, maintaining a level of success throughout better than does the standard Methuen collected translations edited by Willett and Mannheim. Only Michael Hamburger there satisfies me to the same extent. Hays translations carry an innate sense of pulse and structure, and with apparent ease can hit when required on colloquial phrasing appropriate to the tone; this without one feeling any strain or lurch into gamey English. In other words, he can follow Brecht through variations in register.

Hayes was a poet himself, and sometimes it can be the lesser poet who can be the greater translator. It is important to know that Brecht's play Mother Courage and her Children first appeared in English in a translation by Hays in New Directions in Prose and Poetry 1941, the same year as the play's first production (in its original German) in Zurich.

It's great to have this 1947 book in fresh new paperback. If you are interested in Brecht or twentieth century poetry, I very strongly recommend it.
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By jo murphy on 5 July 2014
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the book was in very poor condition and falling apart
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a translation fit for a tin ear 24 April 2013
By mikeinmiddleearth - Published on Amazon.com
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works in translation are the bread of my life. h.r. hays work on these poems is of the most turgid kind. brecht's poetry is in german sublime. here the images and the sensibility are cloaked in impenetrably childish english idiom. occasionally there is a turn of phrase or an enlightened insight but mostly the work is childish and wooden.
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