Michael Kohlhaas

Michael Kohlhaas

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Overview

An extraordinary masterpiece of German literature, now in a gripping new English translation


Michael Kohlhaas has been wronged. First his finest horses were unfairly confiscated and mistreated. And things keep going worse—his servants have been beaten, his wife killed, and the lawsuits he pursues are stymied—but Kohlhaas, determined to find justice at all costs, tirelessly persists. Standing up against the bureaucratic machine of the empire, Kohlhaas becomes an indomitable figure that you can’t help rooting for from start to finish.

Knotty, darkly comical, magnificent in its weirdness, and one of the greatest and most influential tales in German literature, this short novel, first published in German in 1810, is now available in award-winning Michael Hofmann’s sparkling new English translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811228343
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 03/31/2020
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 559,661
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Heinrich von Kleist (1777–1811) was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, short-story writer, and journalist, who committed double suicide with a terminally ill friend.

The poet Michael Hofmann has won numerous prizes for his German translations.

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