Arnon Grunberg



Tonight, I saw Luk Perceval’s adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel “Jeder stirbt für sich allein” (Every Man Dies Alone) at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg.
Earlier this year Perceval adapted Coetzee’s novel “Disgrace” in Amsterdam. I had mixed feelings about that adaptation.
But “Jeder stirbt für sich allein” is an excellent play with amazing actors.
The play is about the attraction of obedience – Perceval asks the question whether we are capable of distinguishing between obedience and morality, but above all this adaptation is a portrait of the rebel as a narrow-minded clerk. Or the other way around.

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