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War Primer

by Bertolt Brecht, edited by John Willett - £12.99  Verso Books (2017)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781784782085 | ISBN 10: 1784782084

A terrifying series of short poems by one of the world’s leading playwrights, set to images of World War II.
 
In this singular book written during World War Two, Bertolt Brecht presents a devastating visual and lyrical attack on war under modern capitalism.
 
He takes photographs from newspapers and popular magazines, and adds short lapidary verses to each in a unique attempt to understand the truth of war using mass media.
 
Pictures of catastrophic bombings, propaganda portraits of leading Nazis, scenes of unbearable tragedy on the battlefield — all these images contribute to an anthology of horror, from which Brecht’s perceptions are distilled in poems that are razor-sharp, angry and direct.
 
The result is an outstanding literary memorial to World War Two and one of the most spontaneous, revealing and moving of Brecht’s works.

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In booklists: Peace and War in Poetry and Writing, World War II, World Poetry - Europe,
In categories: Peace & Human Rights, Poetry & Writing, History & Biography, World - Europe,

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