War Primer

War Primer This volume of photographs and poems was originally published by Libris in hardback in to positive reviews It contains black and white press photographs from World War II which Brecht himself

  • Title: War Primer
  • Author: Bertolt Brecht
  • ISBN: 9781870352215
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This volume of photographs and poems was originally published by Libris in hardback in 1998 to positive reviews It contains 85 black and white press photographs from World War II which Brecht himself cut out of newspapers and magazines They date from his exile in Sweden and Finland in 1940 and 1941, but were mainly collected during his exile in the USA, from July 1941 tiThis volume of photographs and poems was originally published by Libris in hardback in 1998 to positive reviews It contains 85 black and white press photographs from World War II which Brecht himself cut out of newspapers and magazines They date from his exile in Sweden and Finland in 1940 and 1941, but were mainly collected during his exile in the USA, from July 1941 till the end of the war To each picture, Brecht added a four line poem poignant, angry, personal or political, or a combination of these This book therefore constitutes an intriguing record of World War II from the viewpoint of one of the 20th century s greatest and most politically engaged poets.

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    1. "I am a city still, but soon I shan’t be –Where generations used to live and dieBefore those deadly birds flew in to haunt me:One thousand years to build. A fortnight to destroy."----"O thrill of marching bands and banners flying!Teutonic myth of swastika-crusaders dying!Till all objectives were reduced to one:To find yourself some cover. There was none."

    2. The Shipwreck of History: Bertolt Brecht’s “War Primer”By Roy Scrantonin: lareviewofbooks/article/t

    3. A scrapbook of images of war and epigrams penned by Brecht, who at the time was a German refugee, undermines any sense of nobility in war. Although it is pointedly damning of Hitler, it also attacks all sides as gangsters and profiteers. It is a unique book, not offering any solutions but rather demanding that history never ignore the consequence of human destruction.

    4. One of the most compelling stories about the war, yet intimidating and breathtaking. I admire Brecht to combine this both together marvelously.

    5. WW2 photography + poetry. I devoured this in one sitting as it did double duty for the war buff in me and the fan of verse.

    6. Strange how much can be said in a few lines and how hard it seems to add anything useful.The concept of a montage of pictures each supported by a four line poem is great and would work even better if the editors of the digital book took the pretty damned limited effort required to place relevant poems and pictures on the same page together. Just needs a page break. Bah!

    7. Photographs with only a few words each one telling a story and creating a discussion. As important as ever. Brecht has become a neglected author and deserves to be revisited.

    8. You can find a short video with selective images from Kriegsfibel, in Brecht's words and Hanns Eisler's composition here: youtube/watch?v=_HgDU

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