Heiner Müller: Zement [Cement]

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  • John Milfull (University of New South Wales )

The performance of Müller’s play Zement in 1973 at the Berliner Ensemble in East Berlin and its subsequent publication in the GDR theatre journal Theater der Zeit mark the end of the period of internal exile to which he had been subjected after the rejection of Die Umsiedlerin and Der Bau in the early sixties, and the beginning of a process in which his rapidly growing internal and external reputation assured him a position of relative security and tolerance, and ultimately even considerable privilege. Müller was well aware of the ironies involved – the less “affirmative” his work became, the more he …

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Milfull, John. "Zement". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 February 2006
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