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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Berg 3PL; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413388204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413388209
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Büchner's play is amazing, written in the 19th century but widely regarded as the first truly "modern" drama. It was based on the real-life case of a barber who stabbed his mistress in a fit of jealousy and was sentenced to death in 1821. A classic study, you might think, of violence prompted by sexual rage. But in Büchner's fragmented scenes it becomes something else altogether: a naturalistic tragedy, a damning social critique, a lower-class King Lear, a debate on free will and determinism. Hold it up to the light and it always takes on a different colour. --Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Georg Buchner is widely acknowledged as the forefather of modern theatre. On his death at the age of 23, he left behind some outstanding dramatic works: his historical drama, Danton's Death, 'the most remarkable first play in European culture' (Guardian), the innovatory tragedy, Woyzeck, and the absurdist comedy, Leonce and Lena. He also left a powerful short story, Lenz, an important account of his research into cranial nerves, and his revolutionary pamphlet, The Hessian Courier.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov. 2004
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Certainly worthy of a place in any self respecting library, Buchner's tale of a soldier driven mad by his cheating wife works on many levels.
Told with the minimum of stage directions, Woyzeck has been (famously) put together by various editors to meet Buchner's perceived intentions. This edition certainly reads as the definitive one, and the full and informative notes provided here help give you as much insight as you could need, and more than is probably merited for a bargain price of £3.99.
A fantastic play, full of characters and motives that are beautifully fleshed out with the maximum of subtlety and the minimum of effort, Woyzeck provides an essential antidote to the over produced plays and scripts of the modern age.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan. 2002
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As a student director I picked this up as a challenge and it certainly was! This chilling play is a fantastic example of some of the most cutting edge theatre of our time. Chronologically, this version makes more sense than other copies I have read, the editor has kept the play in it's unfinished state which, in my opinion, makes it all the more interesting. It is well worth a read whether or not you consider yourself a theatre buff.
*: take the time to read the editor's notes and original manuscript (at the back) rather heavy going but stick with it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Benjamin J. Ellis on 7 Aug. 2007
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Of the translations that are out there, I think this one by Gregory Motton (a fantastic playwright in his own right) does the most illuminating job, keeping the play jagged and alive. Other translations tend to stem the rhythm of the dialogue within the lines. This edition also comes with a very useful introduction, so that readers can understand why other versions of the play might occur in a different order of scenes, as well as highlighting the importance of Woyzeck as a revolutionary moment of dramatic writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Langley Lass on 15 Mar. 2014
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Have wanted to get a copy for years - likewise wanted to see a performance and always missed out (poor availability & timetabling). So happy to receive this and enjoy. Paper quality could be better - but for the price can't quibble. Delivery and packaging all good.
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