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Hamlet-Machine and Other Texts for the Stage Paperback – July 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0933826458 ISBN-10: 0933826451 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Performing Arts Journal; First edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933826451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933826458
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carl Weber was a collaborator with Bertolt Brecht, and is an internationally known stage director. Carl Weber was a collaborator with Bertolt Brecht, and is an internationally known stage director.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent collection of Muller for anyone seriously interested in theatre. The German author's remarkable work spans political changes before, during, and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and represents a pivotal time in German society and theatre. With new treatments of classical texts (like Hamlet and Medea) as well as innovative works exploring themes of devotion and sexuality (like Quartet), this collection of short plays is a great starting point for theatre enthusiasts interested in tackling Muller.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Medros on May 5, 2000
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While translations of Heiner Mueller are often difficult, his plays are nonetheless fascinating. What is often lost in translation of Heiner Mueller is his play on words- the German language allows Muller to build words with fragments that themself have meaning. Also, readers of Mueller should understand that his works are commonly a vivasection of another work's theme, expanded to explore and highlight the conflict. Mueller's work draws from the writings of Shakespeare, Brecht, Kafka, and others.
Mueller's writing is political and often historical, examining relationships and conflicts from East German history.
Hamlet Machine is Mueller's best known work, though probably not his best. The other plays included in this volume are all great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Vaile on February 2, 2008
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Carl Weber's traslations of Muller's works are incredibly powerful, this collection of plays is a must for any Drama Student interested in modernism, surrelism or history. Muller's works are amazing and in depth studies of present history and well worth the read (and the challenge involved in staging them).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By slam_inc. on March 6, 2013
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Heiner Muller was one of the most vital playwrights of the 20th Century and is now invaluable in the 21th Century. This volume Published by PAJ and Edited and Translated by Carl Weber is essential. It covers Muller at a crucial period in his writing in the mid seventies and through to the early eighties. These were the most recent of his performance texts at the time of original publication with the exception of the socialist realist piece THE CORRECTION---one of his earliest plays. The performance texts contained within are:

THE CORRECTION [with Inge Muller] (1957), MEDEAPLAY (1975), HAMLETMACHINE (1977), GUNDLING’S LIFE FREDERICK OF PRUSSIA LESSING’S SLEEP DREAM SCREAM (1976), THE TASK (1979), QUARTET (1981), HEARTPIECE (1981), DESPOILED SHORE MEDEAMATERIAL LANDSCAPE WITH ARGONAUTS (1982)

No other playwright has so encapsulated the frenzied crises of our epoch--- be it existential, social or political. Muller’s work captures the schizophrenia of our times: seizing the emotional instability, detachment from reality and withdraw into the self that is triggered by attempting to conform to socio-political norms and programs. In this volume Muller covers a range of topics. He cries out at the failure and condemnation of the intellectual in the so-called enlightened age. The individual and his/her conflict with history. He scatters the ashes of revolution blighted by economic and philosophical wreckage. Memories of a revolution. The ruined landscapes the wastelands of civilization. Sexual deviancy as revolutionary tact and expression of true love. Feminist activism in the shapes of terrorism. Colonization: the birth of civilization and the depths of its destruction. Death as the final landscape in a holocaust nightmare of the future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady Jinx on August 13, 2009
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I studied theater production in college, and the anthology of drama I had to buy for my theater history courses included the play Hamletmachine. Hamletmachine was not included in the required reading for my course, but I happened upon it one day flipping through my textbook, and fell deeply in love. If you are interested in feminism, socialism, or Brechtian theater, you will adore this book. It includes a history of Heiner Muller for beginners, interviews, and his most "influential" plays. Truthfully, I haven't read them all yet. I keep coming back to Hamletmachine, as I find it so beautiful that I read it obsessively over and over (I've even gotten Ophelia's monologue tattooed over a large chunk of my body!) It is awesome to hold this book in my hands and feel this man's energy, and learn more about him, and what moved him to create such beautiful poetry.
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