Michael Kohlhaas

Michael Kohlhaas

by Heinrich von Kleist
     
 

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Die Erzählung spielt in der Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts und handelt vom Pferdehändler Michael Kohlhaas, der gegen ein Unrecht, das man ihm angetan hat, zur Selbstjustiz greift und dabei nach der Devise handelt: „Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus" (dt.: „Es soll Gerechtigkeit geschehen, und gehe auch die Welt daran zugrunde!"). Ernst Bloch

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Die Erzählung spielt in der Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts und handelt vom Pferdehändler Michael Kohlhaas, der gegen ein Unrecht, das man ihm angetan hat, zur Selbstjustiz greift und dabei nach der Devise handelt: „Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus" (dt.: „Es soll Gerechtigkeit geschehen, und gehe auch die Welt daran zugrunde!"). Ernst Bloch nannte daher Michael Kohlhaas auch den „Don Quijote rigoroser bürgerlicher Moralität".

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976140726
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Art of the Novella Series
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Heinrich von Kleist was born in 1777 in Frankfurt, Germany, to a Prussian military family. He was placed into military service at 15, fought against the French, and resigned his commission at 21. Unable to obtain a civil service job, he started one of Germany’s first daily newspapers, which failed, and he traveled extensively through a Europe engulfed by the Napoleonic Wars. He was hospitalized for several mysterious illnesses, including surgery for an indeterminate sexual problem that led him to break off a marital engagement. Throughout, he wrote revolutionary plays and stories, such as Penthesilea and The Marquise of O—, embracing realism and rejecting the ideals of dominant German humanists such as Goethe. As part of a suicide pact, Kleist shot dead a terminally-ill friend, then himself, In 1811.

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