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The Marquise of O and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) - Heinrich von Kleist
The Marquise of O and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)
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In The Marquise of O-, a virtuous widow finds herself unaccountably pregnant. And although the baffled Marquise has no idea when this happened, she must prove her innocence to her doubting family and discover whether the perpetrator is an assailant or lover. Michael Kohlhaas depicts an honourable... show more
In The Marquise of O-, a virtuous widow finds herself unaccountably pregnant. And although the baffled Marquise has no idea when this happened, she must prove her innocence to her doubting family and discover whether the perpetrator is an assailant or lover. Michael Kohlhaas depicts an honourable man who feels compelled to violate the law in his search for justice, while other tales explore the singular realm of the uncanny, such as The Beggarwoman of Locarno, in which an old woman's ghost drives a heartless nobleman to madness, and St Cecilia, which portrays four brothers possessed by an uncontrollable religious mania. The stories collected in this volume reflect the preoccupations of Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) with the deceptiveness of human nature and the unpredictability of the physical world.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140443592 (0140443592)
ASIN: 0140443592
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
I loved this story as well as many others. A master storyteller of immense integrity.
proustitute
proustitute rated it
5.0 The Marquise of O and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)
Irreligious, perverse, and shocking even to this day. Von Kleist's discontent with the social structures of his time—most especially the church, the law, and the vagaries of community life—makes his tales perhaps more politically rich than his contemporary Hoffmann, although both are equally skillfu...
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Suggested by Hesper. German anti-Enlightenment smackdown. So that's an interesting point of view.
spocksbro
spocksbro rated it
I originally gave The Marquise of O - three stars (“I liked it”) but upon reflection I feel I have to round it up to four. There are no clunkers in the collection of Heinrich von Kleist’s short prose work (he was also a poet, playwright, and wrote operas) and the translations are excellent, retainin...
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