"Mother Courage and Her Children" is widely regarded as Brecht's
best work, a theatrical landmark and one of the most powerful
anti-war plays in history. This unique bilingual edition allows
students to compare the original German text with a translation by
one of the world's leading playwrights, Tony Kushner.
In this play, a chronicle of the Thirty Years War, Mother Courage
follows the armies back and forth across Europe, selling provisions
and liquor from her canteen wagon. One by one she loses her
children to the war but will not part with her livelihood - the
wagon. The Berlin production of 1949, with Helene Weigel as Mother
Courage, marked the foundation of the Berliner Ensemble.
The English translation by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony
Kushner is inventive and vigorous, making Brecht's epic drama
accessible to the 21st century reader. Contemporary language and
humor make it the perfect English version to elucidate and compare
with the original text. This edition also includes a critical
introduction and commentary notes on particular words and phrases.
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