Peter Weiss in Exile a Critical Study of His Works
|Author: ||Ellis, Roger|
This is the first critical study in English of the works of the late Peter Weiss, generally regarded as the most important political dramatist since the death of Bertolt Brecht. It examines Weiss's translated and untranslated writings and the critical controversies and production details associated with his plays. Evaluates his theory and practice as resulting from a study of the post-World War I European avant-garde. Also included is an interview with Weiss's widow, Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss, a designer who not only collaborated with Weiss on all his productions, but who has had a long and successful career in her own right, working for years with Ingmar Bergman. The book's supporting material includes a number of photos of Weiss's plays.
". . . valuable for its clear synthesis of Weiss' development as a politically committed writer and for the continuity it shows between the various periods of Weiss' work. . . . The study is clearly written, sharply focussed, and carefully researched." - Monatshefte
"The literature and social analysis is of high quality, and Ellis's book is of particular use to the general reader looking for sensible material on this major German writer of the second half of the 20th century." - Choice