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By Olaf Berwald

The performs and prose works of the German author, director, and political activist Peter Weiss (1916-1982) have been immensely influential within the shaping of eu Modernism within the moment half the 20th century. Combining exploratory aesthetic openness with an uncompromising moral force, Weiss's literary works, in particular the performs Marat/Sade (1964), The research (1968), and Hölderlin (1971), in addition to the radical The Aesthetics of Resistance (1975-81) proceed to supply very important issues of reference for any dialogue of tradition and politics in our occasions. Berwald's research serves as a complete creation to Weiss's paintings and imaginative and prescient. The introductory bankruptcy outlines Weiss's lifestyles and paintings in exile. 3 chapters supply distinctive discussions of Weiss's theater paintings, from his early gruesome performs and the documentary dramas from the Sixties that tackle Auschwitz, Angola, and Vietnam, to his most intricate performs within which intellectuals are staged as outsiders. the following 4 chapters talk about Weiss's prose works, which come with his autobiographical novels from the early Sixties, essays and notebooks on paintings and politics, and his summum opus, The Aesthetics of Resistance. Olaf Berwald is Professor of German and Chair of the dep. of overseas Languages at Kennesaw nation college.

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