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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
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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.

Praise

»Peter Weiss is one of the most interesting dramatists writing now […] To accept his work plain is to miss the whole point; he seems to want to put on stage huge explosions of the instinctual life, instincts that have become politicized, but are not merely politics.« Elizabeth Hardwick, The New York Review of Books

»Must be counted among the most important European authors of the 20th century.« The Complete Review

Other publications

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

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Die Ermittlung/The Investigation (1965)

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Abschied von den Eltern/Leavetaking (1961)

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