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by Kingsley Amis

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ISBN: 0091727375
ISBN13: 978-0091727376
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Kingsley Amis
Language: English
Publisher: Hutchinson (April 16, 1987)
Pages: 322 pages
ePUB size: 1662 kb
FB2 size: 1427 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 635
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I Read a few of Brecht's plays before. But if I didn't look into this, I would have missed one of most powerful writers of our time. Curt, emotionless and sharp, that is Brecht style. Each sentence, each story (well, most of them) is like a sharp knife which pierces through your head, and compels you to sit back and think, "Have I seen the world this way?". In summary, wonderful!
The author is best known for his theatrical work and poems, while his narrative prose has been underestimated. This collection of 37 short stories (reprinted for Brecht's centenary) shows another facet of Brecht's literatry gift. This is writing with an unpretentious tone and reporting style. The composition of the stories falls into three distinct periods. The Bavarian stories written between 1920 and 1924 treat mainly autobiographical problems of a young man in his early twenties. The Berlin stories written between 1924 and 1933 marks his most intense period in this genre. These stories have a sober and realistic style, thematically dominated by topical issues of the 1920's, aiming to reveal the social behavior of individuals. The third group refers to stories written during Brecht's exile (1937-1940), the first pieces serve as ammunition in the struggle against fascism, and the later ones have a strong socially critical orientation. The reader familiarized with the work of Brecht (poems and plays) will certainly recognize the author's style stamped in these short stories, his determination to represent reality accurately, lack of affectation, anecdotal but with a sense of dread. Quite a treat for a lover of short stories!