Heiner Müller: Der Bau [Construction Site]

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  • John Milfull (University of New South Wales )

Based on motifs from Erik Neutsch’s novel Spur der Steine [Track of the Stones, 1964] Der Bau [Construction Site] was written in 1963/1964, published in 1965, but not performed until 1980. With Der Bau, the storm that had greeted Müller’s final attempt to “correct” Die Umsiedlerin turned into a hurricane which blew him into a personal “ice age” that was to last for nearly a decade.

In structure and content, the new play represented a return to the world of industrial reconstruction of Die Korrektur. In the mud and chaos of the construction site GDR a new society is struggling to emerge. The problems are familiar – apathy and subversion in the work force, alienation of t…

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Milfull, John. "Der Bau". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 March 2005
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