A terrifying series of short poems by one of the world's leading playwrights, set to images of the Second World War
In this singular book written during the Second World War, the renowned playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht has taken photographs from newspapers and popular magazines and montaged short epigraph poems to each, in a unique attempt to understand the truth of war using mass media.
From catastrophic bombings, to propaganda portraits of leading Nazis, to scenes of unbearable tragedy on the battlefield, this is an anthology of horror, but accompanied by Brecht's razor-sharp deconstruction of what we see, through his taut and direct poems. Part Dada project, part proto- Situationist detournement, this book reveals the horror of war, and the cynicism in which it can be presented to us.
BERTOLT BRECHT (1898-1956), the German poet and playwright, was forced into exile in 1933, returning from the USA to Switzerland in 1947, and to east Berlin in 1949. One of his country's greatest 20th century poets, among his most famous plays are The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage, Life of Galileo and The Caucasian Chalk-Circle.