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The Marquise of O and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
The Marquise of O and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)
Author: Heinrich Von Kleist
ISBN 13: 9780140443592
ISBN 10: 140443592
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1978-09-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $17.00
 
 

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.