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Macbeth after Shakespeare


Among the Heiner Müller variations of Shakespeare's texts there is one really special - Macbeth - which gives evidence of the brutal art of translation-adaptation and remains registered in the annals of the East Germany theatre reviews. In the beginning of the seventies, soon after this text had been written it stirred up most turbulent polemics. In the magazine Sinn und Form, the philosopher Wolfgang Harich attacked Müller for the pessimism he used to transform this Shakespeare's tragedy, linking it to the wave of violence and pornography that satiated the art in West Germany of that period.


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