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Title : Hamletmachine and Other Texts for the Stage
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ISBN : 0933826443
ISBN13 : 978-0933826441
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Theatre Communications Group Inc.,U.S 1 Juni 1984
Number of Pages : 567 Pages
File Size : 671 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Hamletmachine and Other Texts for the Stage Reviews

  • None
    2018-11-27 05:59

    This is an excellent collection of Muller for anyone seriously interested in theatre. The German author's remarkable work spans political changes before, during, and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and represents a pivotal time in German society and theatre. With new treatments of classical texts (like Hamlet and Medea) as well as innovative works exploring themes of devotion and sexuality (like Quartet), this collection of short plays is a great starting point for theatre enthusiasts interested in tackling Muller.

  • slam_inc.
    2018-12-14 13:01

    Heiner Muller was one of the most vital playwrights of the 20th Century and is now invaluable in the 21th Century. This volume Published by PAJ and Edited and Translated by Carl Weber is essential. It covers Muller at a crucial period in his writing in the mid seventies and through to the early eighties. These were the most recent of his performance texts at the time of original publication with the exception of the socialist realist piece THE CORRECTION---one of his earliest plays. The performance texts contained within are:THE CORRECTION [with Inge Muller] (1957), MEDEAPLAY (1975), HAMLETMACHINE (1977), GUNDLING’S LIFE FREDERICK OF PRUSSIA LESSING’S SLEEP DREAM SCREAM (1976), THE TASK (1979), QUARTET (1981), HEARTPIECE (1981), DESPOILED SHORE MEDEAMATERIAL LANDSCAPE WITH ARGONAUTS (1982)No other playwright has so encapsulated the frenzied crises of our epoch--- be it existential, social or political. Muller’s work captures the schizophrenia of our times: seizing the emotional instability, detachment from reality and withdraw into the self that is triggered by attempting to conform to socio-political norms and programs. In this volume Muller covers a range of topics. He cries out at the failure and condemnation of the intellectual in the so-called enlightened age. The individual and his/her conflict with history. He scatters the ashes of revolution blighted by economic and philosophical wreckage. Memories of a revolution. The ruined landscapes the wastelands of civilization. Sexual deviancy as revolutionary tact and expression of true love. Feminist activism in the shapes of terrorism. Colonization: the birth of civilization and the depths of its destruction. Death as the final landscape in a holocaust nightmare of the future.Muller subverts traditional stage techniques and dramaturgy. He uses and fights with Brechtian methods and dramaturgy. Constructs theatrical subterfuge. Projects Artaud’s unyielding and furious philosophy. Uses the model of synthetic-fragments to create heightened awareness in the juxtaposing of scenes and texts. Greek chorus and collective experience. Chewing up sacred texts (Shakespeare and Euripides among other sources) and displaying the spit up pieces.Other available collections of Muller plays and texts include: EXPLOSION OF A MEMORY (PAJ), THE BATTLE (PAJ), HEINER MULLER AFTER SHAKESPEARE (PAJ), A HEINER MULLER READER (Johns Hopkins/PAJ), THREE PLAYS (Seagull Books), GERMANIA (Semiotext (e)) and THEATREMACHINE (Faber and Faber)

  • Against Bad Poetry
    2018-11-26 07:02

    Typos and an overall weak translation.

  • Adam M
    2018-11-26 09:48

    While translations of Heiner Mueller are often difficult, his plays are nonetheless fascinating. What is often lost in translation of Heiner Mueller is his play on words- the German language allows Muller to build words with fragments that themself have meaning. Also, readers of Mueller should understand that his works are commonly a vivasection of another work's theme, expanded to explore and highlight the conflict. Mueller's work draws from the writings of Shakespeare, Brecht, Kafka, and others.Mueller's writing is political and often historical, examining relationships and conflicts from East German history.Hamlet Machine is Mueller's best known work, though probably not his best. The other plays included in this volume are all great.

  • Lady Jinx
    2018-12-10 06:45

    I studied theater production in college, and the anthology of drama I had to buy for my theater history courses included the play Hamletmachine. Hamletmachine was not included in the required reading for my course, but I happened upon it one day flipping through my textbook, and fell deeply in love. If you are interested in feminism, socialism, or Brechtian theater, you will adore this book. It includes a history of Heiner Muller for beginners, interviews, and his most "influential" plays. Truthfully, I haven't read them all yet. I keep coming back to Hamletmachine, as I find it so beautiful that I read it obsessively over and over (I've even gotten Ophelia's monologue tattooed over a large chunk of my body!) It is awesome to hold this book in my hands and feel this man's energy, and learn more about him, and what moved him to create such beautiful poetry.

  • None
    2018-12-05 13:07

    This is an excellent collection of Muller for anyone seriously interested in theatre. The German author's remarkable work spans political changes before, during, and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and represents a pivotal time in German society and theatre. With new treatments of classical texts (like Hamlet and Medea) as well as innovative works exploring themes of devotion and sexuality (like Quartet), this collection of short plays is a great starting point for theatre enthusiasts interested in tackling Muller.