(From the publisher):
Appearing after the reunification of the two Germanys, DramaContemporary: Germany
offers a politically charged view of German drama in the years immediately preceding and just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The volume includes plays by internationally reknowned authors Heiner Müller, Botho Strauss, and George Tabori, as well as works by other German-language authors who deserve a wider audience, among them Georg Seidel of former East Germany and Elfriede Jelinek of Austria.
The spectrum of subjects represents the great number of new plays that have premiered in German theaters between 1985 and 1995. In the best German dramatic tradition, these plays range from poetic, highly imagistic work to realism and melodrama, and to virtuosic wordplay. They are often outspoken in criticism of contemporary reality and the German past.
Heiner Müller's "Mommsen's Block" was one of the first plays written after the historic changes in Germany to take as its theme the political and econimic consequences of reunification. "The Beautiful Stranger," by Klaus Pohl, offers an uncompromising view of the aggressive violence and brutality directed at foreigners in Germany. George Tabori, in "Mein Kampf," situates the young Hitler in a Vienna flophouse. Elfriede Jelinek's "Totenauberg" is a satirical treatment of Martin Heidigger's crypto-fascist theories and the relationship between Hannah Arendt and the philosopher which is now the subject of an international controversy.
(from the publisher)
Edited by Carl Weber
- Preface: "The Very Age and Body of the Time"
- The Tour Guide by Botho Strauss
- Mein Kampf by George Tabori
- Carmen Kittel by Georg Seidel
- The Beautiful Stranger by Klaus Pohl
- Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter: An Assaying of the Truth by Tankred Dorst, in collaboration with Ursula Ehler
- Totenauberg (Death/Valley/Summit) by Elfriede Jelinek
- Mommsen's Block by Heiner Müller
Original title: DramaContemporary: Germany
Genre: Drama and Plays→ German
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