The only text of his that is still widely read and that is not a horror story is this one, the Lebensansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Hoffmann wurde am in Königsberg geboren. Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer Biografie des Kapellmeisters Johannes Kreisler in zufälligen Makulaturblättern ist ein satirischer.

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This is a book like no other one and since it has been translated both into English and French, I recommend you read it. Notify me of new posts via email. On the internet I have encountered people who lrbensansichten certainly read multiple books of history but have clearly not understood anything beyond that which fosters their own preconceptions. At the heart of a lebensansichhen of satire there needs to be a kernel of commitment, a core belief in something, in order for it to work, to be convincing as criticism and a work of art.

They will not learn, they will just acquire more books, and remember little except the bare bones facts. Or Tchaikovsky, whose Nutcracker is kahers based on a story by Lbensansichten.

So instead of juxtaposing two characters on the same level, Hoffmann expresses his Novalis-like criticism by including the biography of Kreisler. At the turn of the century and again in the Weimar republic, it was young ardent students who were most heavily involved in this kind of thinking, not old crusty conservatives. Learn how your comment data is processed.


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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre was largely adulated when it came out but it had also a couple of rather vehement enemies, among them Friedrich von Hardenberg, better known lebensandichten Novalis, who wrote his only novel, Heinrich von Ofterdingenas a response to Wilhelm Meister.

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A planned third volume was never completed. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Parody usually implies criticism and indeed, in addition to the satiric criticism I outlined above, the Bildungsroman parody has an additional, specific target.

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In his exuberant and bizarre novel, Hoffmann brilliantly evokes the fantastic, the ridiculous and the sublime within the humdrum bustle of daily life, making The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr —22 one of the funniest and strangest novels of the nineteenth century.

As a whole, this book is fueled by an admirable energy. And here is a second thing. Liebe und Eifersucht Undine.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Instead, he opts for pastiche and parody, each of which words well describes one of its two parts. As the two versions break off and alternate at dramatic moments, two wildly different characters emerge from the confusion – Murr, the confident scholar, lover, carouser and brawler, and the moody, hypochondriac genius Kreisler.


You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. The story is the weakest point of the book, not even Hoffmann appears to show much interest in it, letting it plod along dully; even murders and revelation will not rivet the reader although they did entertain me passably the first time I read it.

Now, how do I start this? The author is one of those chaps who wastes nothing, every image serves multiple purposes, every plot strand has significance in several res the downside to this is that, for a story about a cat, this book is strangely cold and aloof, much like the cat that narrates a good deal of it.

German fantasy novels Works by Lebennsansichten. From the cover sleeve: In a climate of repression, with the Prussian state cracking down on rebellious students, he wrote and published a satire on a particularly angered and powerful official.