Selected Writings

Selected Writings

by Heinrich Von Kleist
     
 
A reprint of the J. M. Dent edition of 1997.

Aiming in his translation for "an English haunted and affected by the strangeness of the original," David Constantine offers a wealth of Heinrich von Kleist's key writings in this collection, the most ambitious of its kind.

Overview

A reprint of the J. M. Dent edition of 1997.

Aiming in his translation for "an English haunted and affected by the strangeness of the original," David Constantine offers a wealth of Heinrich von Kleist's key writings in this collection, the most ambitious of its kind.

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Iain Bamforth
"This book, containing all the stories and three key plays, provides a compelling view of a misfit genius. . . ."
The Times Literary Supplement
From the Publisher

If ever a literary work was a sleep of reason, bruised by menacing shapes, it is Kleist's. He was one of the first of a line of German writers whose inwardness is so intense it seems to dissolve the weak bonds of his society. . . . Even as order and paternalism struggled to assert themselves in the private and public life of the nineteenth century, Kleist was introducing scenes of mob violence, cannibalism, and less than benevolent fathers. . . . David Constantine, a distinguished poet and Germanist, and a translator of Hölderlin, has taken pains to give us a literary Kleist, 'a writer we cannot do without.' . . . This book, containing all the stories and three key plays, provides a compelling view of a misfit genius who, in one of his last notes, remarked 'the world is a strange set-up.' --Iain Bamforth, The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872207448
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

David Constantine is a Fellow of Queen’s College, Oxford. His translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's Lighter than Air (Bloodaxe) won the Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation in 2003.

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