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The Good Woman of Setzuan

The Good Woman of Setzuan

By Bertolt Brecht

An essential play by a master playwright, with a new introduction.

In 1952, Hannah Arendt hailed Bertolt Brecht as “beyond a doubt the greatest living German poet and possibly the greatest living European playwright.” The Good Woman of Setzuan, written during Brecht’s exile and set in pre-Communist China, is a parable of a young woman torn between obligation and reality, between love and practicality, and between her own needs and those of her friends and neighbors. This is a performance-friendly translation of one of Brecht’s most popular plays.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is perhaps Germany’s best-known playwright. His social critiques, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Threepenny Opera, resonate with modern audiences and continue to be frequently performed.

Paperback
112 pages
University of Minnesota Press
ISBN 9780816635276

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