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Life of Galileo
Penguin Classics / 2008 / Paperback
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Playwright Bertolt Brecht was born in Germany, leaving in 1933 to come to the U.S. when Hitler came to power. Depicting Galileo in a brutal struggle for freedom from an authoritarian dogma, his Galileo must publicly adjure his theories even as he privately continues to work. Introduction by Norman Roessler. Translated by John Willett. 256 pages, softcover.
Galileo Ranks alongside Mother Courage and Mr. Puntila as one of Brecht?s most intensely alive, human, and complex characters. In Life of Galileo, the great Renaissance scientist is in a brutal struggle for freedom from authoritarian dogma. Unable to satisfy his appetite for scientific investigation, he comes into conflict with the Inquisition and must publicly renounce his theories, though in private he goes on working on his revolutionary ideas.
Bertolt Brecht (18981956) was one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century. Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, he left Germany in 1933 when Hitler came to power. Returning to Germany after the war, he founded the Berliner Ensemble and continued to work on plays and films. Richard Foreman is the MacArthur Prizewinning author, director, and designer of more than fifty original plays, and the founder of the OntologicalHysteric Theater.
Eloquent in its outcries against blind dogma and powerful in the simplicity of its storytelling, Galileo is a play that offers the confrontations of stirring drama made visible in vivid theatrical images.
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