Volker Braun, born in Dresden in 1939, has received only secondary attention in recent studies of socialist drama since Brecht. Yet he is already widely recognized as one of the most important dramatists now living in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), next to Peter Hacks and Heiner Müller. This paucity of serious critical studies of Braun's dramatic works maybe because he is best known as a poet (Provokation rtIr mich, 1965; Vorliiufiges, 1966; Wir und nicht sie, 1970; Gegen die symmetrische Welt, 1974; Gedichte, 1976); but it can also be attributed to the past inaccessibility of much of his dramatic oeuvre.



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