By Bertolt Brecht
We all know that Bertolt Brecht used to be one of many nice 20th-century innovators in theatre - the literary-theatrical an identical of a Picasso or Stravinsky - and Germany's maximum poet of the final century, however the playwright used to be additionally a stunning author of news. Storytelling permeated his artwork as a dramatist; essentially in his performs he was once a storyteller. This quantity collects the whole brief tales written via Brecht, together with the prize-winning 'The Monster', and the fragmentary memoir ghost-written by means of Brecht, 'Life tale of the boxer Samson-KÃ¶rner'. Brecht pupil Marc Silberman offers an advent and editorial notes.Fans of Brecht will locate within the 37 tales assembled the following a similar directness, loss of affectation, and wry humour that characterise his performs. each lover of brief tales will realize an unforeseen trove of delight during this "mine for short-story addicts" (Observer).
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Collected Short Stories of Bertolt Brecht 40 In the wall there was a hole; through it there came a weak cold sun or a weak warm sun. In the table in front of him there were a number of streaks and hollows which never changed. Sometimes the servants sang outside. If you walked around, you fell down easily. It was hard to sleep. These were Lorge’s experiences now and for evermore. Perhaps the Amen would be added sometime later. Once he went out of his room and leaned against a linden tree which he loved very much, particularly its crown.
For when he heard that his friend wanted to avenge him, he was bitterly disappointed and said to the servant, ‘Trusty servant, I have business to do. ’ The servant agreed. Then they retraced their steps to Lorge’s farm, this time on foot and they walked all day. But a short hour’s walk from Lorge’s farmhouse he turned off the road and he had himself brought to the farm of his greatest enemy among the peasants. He knew that this man must be at a Midsummer festival that night. So he groped his way into the house with the servant helping him, and the two of them tried to rape the farmer’s wife.
I have to admit I had some brandy under my belt but I really was deeply affected by the fact that he wanted to leave the ship and couldn’t speak about it and only said ‘but’, which covered everything he could suggest; and he certainly read all this on my face, for he continued: if I leave all of you the ship and you give me that man there, then we’re quits, I mean as far as I’m concerned, because I haven’t got much else that I could give for him. I considered the matter and he added: of course it would be an act of mercy too; and that word was a thrust with a good knife Collected Short Stories of Bertolt Brecht 24 into my crocodile hide.