The Marquise of O and Other Stories

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From 'The Marquis of O--', in which a woman is made pregnant without her knowledge, to the vivid and inexplicable suffering portrayed in 'The Earthquake in Chile', his stories are those of a man swimming against the tide of the German Enlightenment, unable to believe in the idealistic humanism of his day, and who sees human nature as irrational, ambiguous and baffling. It is this loss of faith, together witrh his vulnerability and disequilibrium, his pronounced sense of evil, his desperate challenge to ...
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Overview

From 'The Marquis of O--', in which a woman is made pregnant without her knowledge, to the vivid and inexplicable suffering portrayed in 'The Earthquake in Chile', his stories are those of a man swimming against the tide of the German Enlightenment, unable to believe in the idealistic humanism of his day, and who sees human nature as irrational, ambiguous and baffling. It is this loss of faith, together witrh his vulnerability and disequilibrium, his pronounced sense of evil, his desperate challenge to established values and beliefs, that carries Kleist more forcefully than Goethe or Schiller across the gap between the eighteenth century and today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140443592
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1978
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 356,556
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

David Luke was born in 1921 and is Tutor in German at Christ Church, Oxford. He has published articles and essays on German literature and various prose and verse translations, including Goethe’s Selected Verse (1964) for the Penguin Poets, Kleist’s The Marquise of O and Other Stories (1978) for the Penguin Classics, Thomas Mann’s Tonio Kröger and Other Stories (1970) and Goethe’s Roman Elegies (1977).
Nigel Reeves was born in 1939 and graduated at Worcester College, Oxford, in 1963, taking his D.Phil. in 1970. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Tübingen and, since 1975, has been Professor of German at the University of Surrey. He is also Head of Department of Linguistic and International Studies there, and Dean of the Faculty of Human Studies. He has translated stories by Kleist and Keller for the Penguin Book of German Stories and has published monographs on Heinrich Heine and Friedrich Schiller.
Nigel Reeves was born in 1939 and graduated at Worcester College, Oxford, in 1963, taking his D.Phil. in 1970. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Tübingen and, since 1975, has been Professor of German at the University of Surrey. He is also Head of Department of Linguistic and International Studies there, and Dean of the Faculty of Human Studies. He has translated stories by Kleist and Keller for the Penguin Book of German Stories and has published monographs on Heinrich Heine and Friedrich Schiller.

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Table of Contents

The Marquise of O and Other Stories Introduction

The Earthquake in Chile The Marquise of O—
Michael Kohlhaas The Beggarwoman of Locarno St. Cecilia or the Power of Music The Betrothal in Santo Domingo The Foundling The Duel

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

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    In spite of an almost three-year gap - I read "The Marquise

    In spite of an almost three-year gap - I read "The Marquise of O-" and "The Duel" then the cats managed to shove the book behind the nightstand - I finished this collection of von Kleist's weird, dense, and occasionally supernatural stories of injustice.  Obviously, the Marquise's story is going to have a lot of triggers for some people with it's themes of rape, questionable incest, and the improbably happy ending (it works as a story, trust me, but then also raises the question of how many women throughout history have found themselves in such a position....chilling).  Likewise, "The Duel", "The Earthquake in Chile", and "The Betrothal in Santo Domingo" all deal with the supposed chastity or lack thereof of young women; one story ends happily (one of the few stories in this volume with an "up" ending), the other two do not.  "The Beggar Woman of Locarno" is a short-short piece centered on a persistent phantasm.  "St Cecilia or the Power of Music" invokes the supernatural in the form a saint's protection of her cathedral by striking down trouble-making Protestants.  The longest piece in the book, "Michael Kohlhaas", is the novella-length story of a horse-dealer's long, treacherous, and tragic search for justice against a corrupt system.  Very moving.




    Definitely a collection of stories to read alongside von Kleist's contemporaries Goethe and Hoffman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Interesting

    I read this book (or at least the 'Marquise of O- portion) for my honors english class in college. For only 45 pages or so, its suprisingly deep. However the author doesn't bog you down in wordy language but rather gives you time to think about the message it is conveying. For only about a day or two's worth of reading, I would definitely recommend it.

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