Tales of Mr. Keuner

Bertolt Brecht

Tales of Mr. Keuner

Bertolt Brecht

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by James Reidel
Illustrated by Ulf K.
144 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $21.50 ISBN: 9780857424716 Will Publish November 2017 World sales rights except India
From the 1920s through 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.
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