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Book jacket: Known primarily as a dramatist, Bertolt Brecht was also a gifted poet. These fifty poems--among them many ballads that later became part of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, and Baal--reveal the tremendous range and versatility of Brecht's expression. His first and best book of poetry, Manual of Piety uses the traditional form of devotional literature to providBook jacket: Known primarily as a dramatist, Bertolt Brecht was also a gifted poet. These fifty poems--among them many ballads that later became part of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, and Baal--reveal the tremendous range and versatility of Brecht's expression. His first and best book of poetry, Manual of Piety uses the traditional form of devotional literature to provide both an irreverant spoof and a serious critique of the post-World War I European (and more specifically, German) culture that gave rise to fascism. His characteristically sly wit combines with mordant social commentary to make Manual of Piety Brecht at his most hilarious--and also his most brutally incisive....

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ISBN : 9780802132451
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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Manual of Piety: Die Hauspostille Reviews

  • Tosh
    2018-08-18 19:47

    Brecht's poetry is sort of like the headlines from The New York Post. Very direct, and always the right word at the right moment. He was a fantastic writer as well as a playwright - and even more remarkable as a poet. I LOVE his poetry.

  • Matthew
    2018-08-11 19:38

    Witty, shocking, thoughtful, musical-- Brecht knows how to lay 'em down.The hardcover edition I have has a big cross in relief on the cover. A perfectly ironic symbol for this book of firecracker verse.

  • Mike Cahoon
    2018-08-13 19:27

    These poems are like condensed Brecht plays. With all the cynicism, brutality, humor, and social political themes boiled down into verses. Reading them are a great way to get that Brecht-y feeling you get from Threepenny or Mother Courage. Less epic for sure but the feeling is there.

  • Joshua Wilson
    2018-08-17 17:22

    It's super fucking bleak and that's great. I got into the habit of reading one a day and then reading the original german version to see how it changed the flow and to be honest the translations worked pretty well. Lots of stuff about post war germany, lots of insight. . . this was a dude that had seen the darker sides of people before and that came across often. There is this sense of beauty that supersedes it though . . i liked this but it was difficult. I think that's why I liked it.

  • Adria
    2018-08-04 17:21

    somewhat esoteric but awesome