Lux in Tenebris

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Lux in Tenebris, in Latin, meaning "Light in Darkness," is a short one-act farce, written in prose, by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht. It is thought that he wrote it in 1919, under the influence of "that great Munich clown Karl Valentin".[1]

The Latin phrase belongs to the Latin translation of the Gospel of John: "et lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non conprehenderunt", meaning "The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it". (Fifth verse of Chapter I)[2]


  • Willett, John and Ralph Manheim. 1994. Introduction and Editorial Notes. Collected Plays: Two by Bertolt Brecht. Bertolt Brecht: Plays, Poetry, Prose Ser. London: Methuen. ISBN 0-413-68560-8.


  1. ^ Willett and Manheim (1994, viii).
  2. ^ Chapter 1, The Gospel According to Saint John, Jerome's Latin Vulgate (405 A.D.) (The HTML Bible)