by Jean-Pierre Amette
Translated by Andrew Brown
Winner of France’s most prestigious Prix Goncourt 2003.
The return of Bertold Brecht to East Berlin in 1948 after years in exile is a cause of considerable excitement, not least for the theatrical world. Encouraged to find an outlet for his creative genius, he establishes the Berliner Ensemble, surrounding himself with an array of talented artists, all eager to learn from the great master. But equally watchful of Brecht's every action are the secret police, anxious to discover exactly how far his Communist sympathies extend. Recruiting Maria Eich, Brecht's young lover, into their service, they unleash an influence oer the playwright that will shape even his work.
Brecht's Lover is a fictional tale of love and espionage. Offering an insight into both the political and theatrical worlds of post-war East Berlin, it is also a tender portrayal of one of the greatest playwrights of the twentieth century.
Publication date: 01/06/2005