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Read & Download Der Dreigroschenroman Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Brecht's only novel is of course based on his own Threepenny Opera which was itself based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera Set in Victorian London the novel feels similar to Dickens in many ways but written with a very dry humour and none of the sentimenta. Anyone who has ever even considered voting right wing should be tied to a chair and forced to remain seated until they have read this devastating novelistic critiue of business banking imperialism exploitation murder and poverty All of your favorite Brechtian uotations are here What is a bank robbery compared with the founding of a bank and all of the viscous wit and irony you would expect from the world s most entertaining political writer The novel really is an amazing panorama of the horror of a society based upon hierarchical exploitation in which The dying man dies and the sick man fights as our anti hero MacHeath puts it what he really means is you will do anything for a buck and screw anybody in any way who gets in your way of doing whatever is necessary to get that buckIt s to Brecht s credit that a book this sad is at the same time also uite funny Some passages are both hysterical and devastating MacHeath s discovery that profit sharing actually earns him rather than less money Peachum s reasoning out that murder is the most efficient form of business or his discovery of insurance as a means of sueezing even blood money from the poor the history of the Rothchild s bank disarming the world by being honest in business they make a fortune simply because no one else has ever done that before and the fabulous set piece of Fewkoombey s dream trial at the end which takes on the preacher s exposition of Jesus parable of the talents as God s commandment for all of us to live everyday as unprincipled capitalists or hapless slaves whatever our lot may be It s cultural satire at its best and opens up our empathy or should through irony a hard thing to accomplish since the Reagan years and the death of empathy through ironyOn the downside the novel is too long really for a modern reader I think The seemingly endless business machinations of MacHeath and Peachum go on for far too long to hold our interest even if they are minutely described from all points of view in order to show us that no character ever understands another character s reasons for doing anything that they do Hell half the time the characters even misinterpret WHAT the other characters are doing This is funny at first but wears us down in minutia after a while Obviously my own view of the imperialistcapitalist machine is uite close to Brecht s so I blithely nodded through those passages until I got to the great set pieces and found my self laughing out loud freuently It s worth the wade

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Read & Download Der Dreigroschenroman Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Capitalist society Brecht's vision here is of a world in which the poor and weak are continually exploited in the most casual fashion by the powerful and unscrupulous who always come out on top It's very good writing but may be a little slow going for som. In my deliberate reading which I started over a year ago of this wonderfully written and at times confusing adaptationtranslation from its originally written in German of a fiction work as I happened to have been privileged to have known personally some of those direct relatives of Bertolt Brecht a giant in theatre and whose family members I ve known and met have since brought me some curiosity as to why his works are being read and studied I have since then convinced myself that I have made the right decision to read this book It s better known in its format as a stage play Threepenny Opera I have since then discovered during my reading why Brecht remains to be a major and strong force to reckon with on catching the most complicated and subtle connections between the forces emanating mainly from overall structure of society and those who are active most powerful and least desirable players of this society These elements come into play and give very fascinating flow of dynamics that interplay what most would see and get to highlight the accomplishments and failures of human beings who happened to be caught unwittingly in the structure of society that continues to evolve This is a very good book to read for those who are engaged in businesses in their capacities as entrepreneurs or those into being employed as members of the corporate world particularly those who are starting to pursue their professional careers There is no getting away indeed from becoming enlightened early enough so that performers or those involved will minimize their surprise as to how developments will turn to be after some time if they will not find the precious time now to reflect on their tasks and participation no matter how minor or significant their roles can be in the corporate world It s a good adaptation of what has been described in textbook style in Machiavelli s The Prince and a good introduction and reference book to strategic design and management for MBA students who want to figure out the context behind boring theories described and involved in the process of strategy formulation and implementation The setting may have been from the first to second uarters of the 20th century but the events described are very relevant and timely to the experiences of those we read of or even are familiar with from what have been happening nowadays Its timelessness lies in its honest to goodness descriptions of what goes on in the human mind driven by unknown and unclear motivations both external and internal which can be sensibly provocative and engaging and set amidst struggles among the so called members who are least fit to the most fittest as mainly being eventually those that survive the very tough competition not seen on the surface I have found the translation made in this book seems to be to uite faulty at certain passages and I would have wanted to read a flowing cohesive structure for a novel but I think the book was designed as such or left as such by the translators Desmond I Vesey and Christopher Isherwood for the verses included in the book I would then venture that for this time it s the content that matters not the structure In so many words the novel has been actually a rather complicated retelling of stories that are interrelated and are behind the lives of the characters you d get to discover in the book most especially the Macheath Mack the Knife of the famous song most notably played by the great Louis Armstrong his Father in Law Peachum the sensible and apparently very modern daughter the Peach and the crippled veteran soldier then professional beggar Fewkoombey that reminds me of some characters I meet on the subway and some streets of New York City plus the very social structure of Great Britain which was then a super power You just change some words referring to places people or events and you d get transported to what have been happening nowadaysHowever there seems to be a lack of appreciation in describing or even in highlighting the role and inspiration from Divine sources in a direct manner but nevertheless the curious regular reader gets to be reminded as well of this apparent absence What s highlighted is the supremacy of the capabilities of humans amidst challenges that have been brought to fore by design by those who are considered to be among the best and brightest There s no mistaking about the notions held by some who think of themselves as being superior one way or another over the rest of the ordinary populace They have been shown in this book as being very capable of seeing others as their inferiors by certain virtues derived perhaps from wealth social connections cunning intelligence strength courage experience which make people particularly those who happen to be in positions of power and authority or even influential enough to make subtle changes become portrayed as certainly covertly manipulative But they fail to recognize and completely understand what has been seen and has become to be understood that anyone born of humankind has a role to play according to a much higher scheme of what has been Divinely inspired and led and not clearly seen by those who are deemed to be humanly wise But still despite the lack this uality is one reason why this book is worth the time reading and devouring intellectually for all its in your face descriptions of morals without you noticing much of it coming into fore

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Read & Download Der Dreigroschenroman Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Lity The plot mostly involves the extremely dodgy business dealings of the characters Peachum and Macheath along with some eually dubious bankers and financiers in fact it feels surprisingly relevant to current times A satirical yet rather subtle attack on. There is often a curious dramatic tension in the literature produced by Marxist and socialist writers In theory the writers subscribe to an optimist political belief system that predicts us heading for a world of greater fairness and euality for all However the actual fiction produced by many socialist writers is of a pessimistic nature depicting the triumph of their enemies and showing society in a sordid and degraded lightThere are exceptions William Morris is capable of writing Utopia and George Bernard Shaw is not ashamed to discuss higher topics such as religion and philosophy Saint Joan Man and Superman although some of his earlier works deal with the world of slum housing and prostitutionThreepenny Novel is similarly set in this rather grim world in which there are no greatly sympathetic characters and society is just a matter of powerful people dishonestly competing with one another and exploiting those beneath themThe plot is incredibly convoluted and I apologise if I misrepresent it However I will try to summarise a few key points It is a modern reworking of John Gay s play The Beggar s Opera and indeed a reworking of Brecht s own play The Threepenny Opera The action follows Peachum a businessman who makes his money by getting people to pose as beggars and impose on people s charity He is also involved in a dirty business deal with a corrupt businessman called Coax who has persuaded his colleagues to buy some rotting ships for the Navy and is using this knowledge to blackmail the others into agreeing to his terms Fearing that he will be ruined by Coax Peachum hopes to offer his daughter s hand in marriage to CoaxUnfortunately the sensual Polly has other ideas She has become pregnant by another man and marries a man called Beckett passing the child off as his Beckett however is really MacHeath another shady businessman who runs a chain of shops that sell unfeasibly cheap and obviously stolen goodsPeachum hopes to persuade MacHeath to divorce Polly before Coax finds out and his hope lies in one of MacHeath s shop owners called Mary Sawyer who feels betrayed by MacHeath s marriage However MacHeath has another secret identity He is The Knife a gangster with a passion for murdering people albeit in his pastMary Sawyer is found dead soon after though we never learn what happened to her MacHeath is arrested for it and conducts his business from prison while he awaits his inevitable acuittal However Coax soon becomes a liability to both MacHeath and Peachum and he is murdered tooThe story ends with a newly released MacHeath now powerful than ever and in alliance with Peachum Meanwhile an old soldier called Fewkoombey is wrongly accused of Mary Sawyer s death and hangedThe story offers us little real hope and we occasionally have to remind ourselves that the characters whose fortunes we are following are not actually especially likeable and that their aims are appalling Not that we ever expect them to be stopped in their tracksThis is not a world in which the better values have much of a chance The world of commerce and the world of crime are interchangeable and the people who run society are merely gangsters out for profit Essentially they are the petty criminals of yesterday who have realised that there is profit to be made from running businesses corruptly than from burglary and robbery There is little family loyalty Love is no lofty ideal and sex gives no great pleasure It is merely a matter of necessity Polly Peachum will happily dupe her husband about the fatherhood of her baby and sleep with his colleague while he is in prison Religion offers no comfort and the one sermon we hear is an endorsement of the cut throat capitalism we are witnessingThere is no sympathy for the common man We hear of bankrupt small shopkeepers strikers treated brutally and soldiers going down with rotten ships leaving no survivors but we are never encouraged to identify with them or care very much Their only importance in the story is how this affects the fortunes of our anti heroesThe one remotely pitiable character is Fewkoombey but Brecht makes no effort to engage our sympathies with him We are informed from the beginning that he will be hanged later in the book something that immediately distances him from us He is also happy to kill Coax to save his own skinIndeed the characters are pawns and Brecht has no great interest in them The main failing of the book in fact is that it spends too much time on confusing intrigue described in minute detail at the expense of artistic purpose entertainment or political messageThere are plenty of long speeches written in italics but I am not sure what the purpose of those was unless Brecht felt that they were particularly fine pieces of writing or illustrative of important points Either way discussion is not especially subtleIn fact it is often the drawback of socialist and Marxist literature that there is little interest in character and surprisingly little real sympathy for poor people George Bernard Shaw said that the poor could only be portrayed as figures of comedy or pathos George Orwell depicts the beggars in his fiction as rather stupid and vacuous Robert Tressell s working class characters are gullible fools taken in by their employersI am generalising a little about socialist writings in this review but it is true that there is a strong element of what I am saying in the literature produced by the left We may well ask why socialist literature is so pessimistic and deals in such seamy subjectsThe explanation that a conservative might offer is that this pessimism reflects the socialist s secret realisation that hisher ideals are wrong and will never come to fruition Even if we do not accept this sweeping statement it is at least possible that there is an element of frustration and irritation in socialist writings The socialist lives in a world where things often do not seem to be going their way The powerful enemies of the common man continue to rule the roost and the common workers seem impervious to the ideals of the socialist that will supposedly make their world better It is hardly surprising that it is difficult to stay positive in these circumstancesHowever there are other reasons It is not the done thing for a socialist to writer about the nicer sides of society George Bernard Shaw may have been happy setting his plays in the drawing rooms of the wealthy but most writers would feel that they have a duty to show the underside of society and not to produce a cosy world of friendly bourgeois banter about how dreadfully uneual the world is Indeed why would the ruling classes be so concerned about the injustices that sustain them anywayAnother important reason is polemic The socialist who is writing about the affairs of the current age or in Brecht s case the recent past is seeking to stir the reader up to make them see life s injustices and to fight for a better future The reader cannot be allowed to feel that everything in this world is going well or what would be the need for socialismThreepenny Novel is a readable enough book but it suffers from its obsession with the minutiae of criminal activity and intrigue at the expense of a engaging story It is difficult to follow all the machinations and Brecht seems too much in love with these It is hard not to wonder if the book afforded pleasure to the writer than it does to the reader


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  • Paperback
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  • Der Dreigroschenroman
  • Bertolt Brecht
  • English
  • 10 April 2020
  • 9780140015157