In this fascinating interview renowned writer Tariq Ali talks to Stephen Parker, author of Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life, about the life and work of one of the most important and controversial poet/dramatists of the 20th century. Parker’s Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life will be published in German next year on the 60th anniversary of Brecht’s death.This first English language biography of Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) in two decades paints a strikingly new picture of one of the twentieth century’s most controversial cultural icons.
Drawing on letters, diaries and unpublished material, including Brecht’s medical records, Parker offers a rich and enthralling account of Brecht’s life and work, viewed through the prism of the artist. Tracing his extraordinary life, from his formative years in Augsburg, through the First World War, his politicisation during the Weimar Republic and his years of exile, up to the Berliner Ensemble’s dazzling productions in Paris and London, Parker shows how Brecht achieved his transformative effect upon world theatre and poetry.
Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life is a powerful portrait of a great, compulsively contradictory personality, whose artistry left its lasting imprint on modern culture
Reviews of the biography can be viewed on the publisher’s website here