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Tales of Mr Keuner

Tales of Mr Keuner

By Bertolt Brecht
Illustrated by Ulf K.
Translated by James Reidel

‘What are you doing here, Keuner?’

‘I am very troubled. I am preparing for my next mistake,’ answered Mr K.

From the 1920s to the 1950s, Bertolt Brecht wrote a number of short, fictionalized comments on contemporary life, politics and thought. Through the dramatic events of the first half of the twentieth century, Brecht’s Mr Keuner offered up aphorisms, stray thoughts and fragments of anecdote that punctured contemporary self-regard about religion, politics, business and more. Deceptively light in tone, and bite-size in presentation, Mr Keuner’s comments bring Brecht’s lacerating wit to bear on a wide range of the half-truths and public lies of his era.

This graphic-novel adaptation sets a number of Brecht’s Mr Keuner pieces, newly translated, alongside cartoons by German artist Ulf K., whose spare, abstract style lends force to the underlying meanings of Keuner’s pronouncements.

Paperback
144 pages
Seagull Books, 2019
6.8 x 9.5 inches
ISBN 9780857424716
Aphorisms, Graphic Novel

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