Heiner Müller: Die Umsiedlerin oder Das Leben auf dem Lande [The Resettler Woman or Country Life]

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  • John Milfull (University of New South Wales )

Heiner and Inge Müller worked on Die Unsiedlerin oder Das Leben auf dem Lande from 1956 till 1961, with interruptions. The text records the often chaotic and contradictory developments in a GDR rural society moving from post-war devastation and hunger through land reform (back in the news since unification) to collectivisation. A first (student) production of the play in 1961 provoked massive criticism and was withdrawn; a further attempt at revision, under the title Die Bauern, was launched in 1964. As Ines Geipel records, it became clear that the hostility was undiminished. Inge Müller's name was dropped as co-author, the play was effectively banned, and Heiner and the producer B.K. Tragelehn were subjected to severe …

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Milfull, John. "Die Umsiedlerin oder Das Leben auf dem Lande". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 April 2004
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