The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

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By (author) Deceased Bertolt Brecht, Edited by John Willett, Edited by Professor Ralph Manheim, Translated by John Willett, Translated by Professor Ralph Manheim, Foreword by Nadine Gordimer, Introduction by Norman Roessler

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 129 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 8mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143105167
  • ISBN 13: 9780143105169
  • Sales rank: 63,226

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Brutal, scandalous, perverted, yet humorous, hummable, and with a happy ending- Bertolt Brecht's revolutionary masterpiece "The Threepenny Opera" is a landmark of modern drama that has become embedded in the Western cultural imagination. Through the love story of Polly Peachum and "Mack the Knife" Macheath, the play satirizes the bourgeois of the Weimar Republic, revealing a society at the height of decadence and on the verge of chaos. Complemented with music by Kurt Weill, it was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz into the theater, and the song "Mack the Knife" became one of the most popular and widely recorded songs of the twentieth century.

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Nadine Gordimer is the author of eleven previous novels, as well as collections of stories and essays. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize (for The Conservationist in 1974) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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a"The Threepenny Opera" and "Mother Courage" are the great plays of our time.a aLillian Hellman