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Peter Weiss

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat - as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

Drama in Two Acts
Peter Weiss
Foto: Peter Weiss
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Peter Weiss (1916–1982) was a German writer, painter, graphic artist, and experimental filmmaker. He is best known for his plays “Marat/Sade” and “The Investigation,” as well as the monumental three-volume historical novel The Aesthetics of Resistance. Born in Germany in 1916, he began his career as visual artist, studying at the Prague Art Academy in the late ’30s. After the German occupation of the Sudetenland, his family moved to Sweden, where Weiss would spend the rest of his life, becoming a Swedish citizen. His work won many major German literary awards, including the Buchner and Mann Prizes, and Peter Brook’s production of “Marat/Sade” received the Tony Award for Best Play. Weiss died in 1982.

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Peter Weiss’s play keeps close to historical facts and is founded on authentic material, but remains as far from a historical play as possible. Life and death of Jean Paul Marat are depicted as a game inside the game, as theatre inside the theatre, thirteen years after his death in the asylum of Charenton.

Other publications

Die Ästhetik des Widerstands/The Aesthetics of Resistance (1981)

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English world rights (Duke UP), Spanish world rights (Hiru), Chinese simplex rights (Henan UP), France (Klincksieck), Italy (Lavieri), Netherlands (Historische Uitgeverij – published, rights reverted), Denmark (Rosinante – published, rights reverted), Sweden (Bonniers), Norway (Pax – published, rights reverted), Korea (Moonji), Turkey (Yapi Kredi)

Die Ermittlung/The Investigation (1965)

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Abschied von den Eltern/Leavetaking (1961)

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