Who built the Thebes of the seven gates?
In the books you will find the names of kings.
Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock?...
Where, the evening that the wall of China was finished
Did the masons go?

Wer baute das siebentorige Theben?
In den Büchern stehen die Namen von Königen.
Haben die Könige die Felsbrocken herbeigeschleppt?...
Wohin gingen an dem Abend, wo die chinesische Mauer fertig war,
Die Maurer?

Bertolt Brecht

Questions from a Worker Who Reads

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Original Citation

Brecht, Bertolt. "Fragen eines lesenden Arbeiters" ["Questions From a Worker Who Reads."] Das Wort, 1936.

Current Citation

Brecht, Bertolt. "Questions From a Worker Who Reads." The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht. Translated by David Constantine and Tom Kuhn. Liveright, 2018.