Making Peace or Piecemeal? Arnold Wesker’s Screenplay and Wolfgang Storch’s TV Adaptation of Arthur Koestler’s Thieves in the Night

Stähler, Axel (2018). Making Peace or Piecemeal? Arnold Wesker’s Screenplay and Wolfgang Storch’s TV Adaptation of Arthur Koestler’s Thieves in the Night. Jewish film & new media, 6(1), pp. 28-66. Wayne State University Press

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From 1983 to 1985 the British Jewish playwright Arnold Wesker worked on a film script for a German-Israeli TV adaptation of Arthur Koestler’s propagandistic novel Thieves in the Night (1946), which chronicles a decisive phase in the triangular conflict among Arabs, Jews, and the British during the British Mandate for Palestine. Ultimately, Wesker’s script was rejected, but in 1986 the dramatist published an excerpt in the Jewish Chronicle. Drawing on Wesker’s original drafts and his correspondence relating to the project, this article contextualizes the publication of the so-called “Peace Making Ceremony” with the playwright’s approach to his adaptation of the novel as a whole. It is argued that Wesker’s main objectives were to preserve the integrity of the novel and to produce a “script of substance” that was to offer a historical argument rather than the “cowboys and Indian version” expected of him.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > American Studies
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Literary Theory

UniBE Contributor:

Stähler, Axel

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures

ISSN:

2169-0324

Publisher:

Wayne State University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Axel Stähler

Date Deposited:

18 Jun 2021 09:29

Last Modified:

18 Jun 2021 09:29

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/153082

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