Peter Weiss (1916–1982) was a German playwriter, dramatist, visual artist, filmmaker, and novelist. His works include Marat/Sade, The Shadow of the Coachman’s Body, The Aesthetics of Resistance, The Conversation of the Three Walkers, Trotsky in Exile, and Bodies and Shadows: Two Short Novels. His documentary drama The Investigation, which recreates the trial of Auschwitz concentration camp guards, was produced on American television in the 1960s. West Germany’s most important literary prize, the Georg Büchner Prize, was awarded to Weiss only after his death in 1982.
James Rolleston is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Duke University. His previous books include Narratives of Ecstacy: Romantic Temporality in Modern German Poetry and Kafka’s Narrative Theater. Kai Evers is an advanced graduate student in the German Department at Duke University who presently lives in Woodland Hills, California.