- Written in exile in the United States during WWII, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a politically-charged and complex example of Brecht's epic theatre.
- The Singer, who acts as narrator and commentator, links two separate yet convergent stories which reflect back on a realistic prologue set in Soviet Georgia.
- Brecht subverts an ancient Chinese story (echoed in the Judgment of Solomon) into a parable advocating that resources should go to those best able to make use of them.
- Thanks to the unruly judge, Axdak, one of Brecht's most vivid creations, natural justice is done and the peasant Grusha keeps the child she loves, even though she is not its mother.
- Includes a chronology of the playwright's life, plot summary, a commentary on the theme, language and characters, a review and further reading suggestions.
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