Hugely prolific, Bertolt Brecht wrote some 2,000 poems and songs—though fewer than half were published in his lifetime, and early editions were extremely selective. His award-winning translators, Tom Kuhn and David Constantine, will be at the shop to introduce and read from their new edition of his work and the most comprehensive yet, published by WW Norton. Written between 1913 and 1956, these poems celebrate Brecht’s unquenchable ‘love of life, the desire for better and more of it’ and reflect the technical virtuosity of an artist driven by bitter and violent politics, as well as by the untrammelled forces of love and erotic desire. The evening will be moderated by Gareth Evans.
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