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The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar

Brecht, Bertolt

Verlag: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016
ISBN 10: 1472582721 / ISBN 13: 9781472582720
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Titel: The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar

Verlag: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

Erscheinungsdatum: 2016

Einband: Soft cover

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Bertolt Brecht's only novel, available in English for the first time, provides readers with an enthralling account of the narrator's attempt to write a biography of one of the world's great leaders.

The Business Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar describes the narrator's attempt to write an idealised account of Caesar twenty years after his death. But the historian abandoned his planned biography, confronted by a baffling range of contradictory views. Was Caesar an opportunist, a permanently bankrupt businessman who became too big for the banks to allow him to fail - as his former banker claims? Did he stumble into power while trying to make money, as suggested by the diary of his former slave, an account of everyday life complete with intrigues, chance encounters and mundane household affairs?

As well as describing Caesar's activities at this crucial period, Brecht presents the essential difficulty of explaining historical events coherently: in an echo of his dramatic theories - stressing the audience's task of interpretation rather than passive acceptance - we have to work out our own views about Caesar.

This edition is translated by Charles Osborne and features an introduction and editorial notes by Professor Anthony Phelan.

Über den Autor: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists of the twentieth century whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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