Heinrich von Kleist Richard Stokes AndrewMiller
- Title: The Marquise of O
- Author: Heinrich von Kleist Richard Stokes AndrewMiller
- ISBN: 9781843910541
- Page: 243
- Format: Paperback
An ingenious whodunit and one of the greatest works of German literature, The Marquise of O subverts the 18th century notion of the infallibility of man and reveals the true ambiguity and caprice of humanity Held captive by a band of unspeakable ruffians, the Marquise of O is rescued before they can subject her to a fate worse than death So how can it be that, some mAn ingenious whodunit and one of the greatest works of German literature, The Marquise of O subverts the 18th century notion of the infallibility of man and reveals the true ambiguity and caprice of humanity Held captive by a band of unspeakable ruffians, the Marquise of O is rescued before they can subject her to a fate worse than death So how can it be that, some months later, she finds herself pregnant Believing herself fully innocent, although failing to convince her prudish family of her honor, she places an advertisement asking the perpetrator to identify himself Heinrich von Kleist is the first of the great dramatists of 19th century German literature.
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Rambling IntroductionI was digging around on my bookshelves looking for something when I came across The Marquise of O, which I had previously read some years ago. It was only short and it seemed as though Fate had intervened with a capital letter so I did not resist the serendipity.I have felt a slight awkwardness about reading Kleist as though trying to follow his train of thought could lead to his conclusion on the banks of theKleiner Wannsee . But after reading Blamberger's biography (Heinri [...]
This tale puzzled me. It teases, flirts briefly with the fairytalish & fantastical, tosses out a red herring in the shape of a father’s tongue on a daughter’s lips, elides a rape, and suggests that only presumed angels can be devils while monsters live between. I didn’t quite get it, even as I quickly rode its tireless narrative like a cockhorse. Then its hidden psycho-magma spurted up through its elided rape (gooing up my cockhorse) and I ground to a stop. The story turned inside out [...]
No! Hell, no!I know there's a good reason on why the author thought that a raped woman can regain her honor by marrying the rapist (as stated by Jan-Maat), but I just don't care.
Hieinrich von Kleist murió en el año de 1811 (a los 34 años) y quizás por la juventud con la que escribió es que sus obras son tan impetuosas e irreverentes. Su principal vocación era la de dramaturgo, lo cual explica la singular fluidez de su prosa, con preponderancia en la acción, abundancia de diálogos y la ausencia casi total de descripciones. Si usted gusta de la literatura romántica, repleta de conflictos, pasiones y arrebatos, (y además prefiere a aquellos escritores más audace [...]
I really didn't enjoy this. Even for a book of its time it was very confused about its moral standpoint and what point it was trying to make. It could have done so many more things with the story. Disappointing.
Kleist is one of the first representatives of the romanticism in Germany. He differs significantly frome the previous generation of German writers, from the klassic authors (Goethe being the most prominent of this group). But he was also a perplexed person, living at the crossroads of two epochs: the Enlightenment and the Revolution. His final coup de grace was his descovery of Immanuel Kant, after which his personal stance became deeply pessimistic. Some, if not quite a lot, of this pessimism a [...]
Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) is a German writer of the early 19th century. He's not all that well known worldwide and even in Germany he remained a relative unkown for almost a century. His writing was so ahead of its time and he's been called the forerunner of modern drama. The Marquise of O is a collection of short stories - the writing is quite abrupt, dry, and straighforward. It's also impersonal and almost deliberately anti-literary. I love that it has such a contemporary feel to it.In " [...]
I put this in the same category as 'The earthquake in Chili', 19th century pulp. Both short stories share common themes. A young, somehow innocent woman gets pregnant. This time, she's raped while unconscious. The twist which is difficult to understand: It's worse to have an illegitimate child than marrying the rapist. Hence, the whole thing is about the marquise trying to find her rapist to legitimate her child. The rapist - as the reader knows - is an 'honorable' Russian count who saved her fr [...]
The Marquise of O takes Sturm und Drang to a whole new level. Never have I seen throughout my entire experience of studying romantic literature any story with such ludicrously extravagant emotion as this. "'God in Heaven!' cried the marquise'Oh, my most precious!' wrapping her arms around her. 'Oh, the contemptible creature that I am!''Oh, you more pure than angels.' 'My dearest mother!''I will not budge from before your feet, my radiant, godly daughter, until you tell me if you can ever find it [...]
A very good plot but the writing style gave me headache still one of the better school lectures
This was written in 1808, those were different times.It was well written and the main character was likable.Still, What the heck did I just read!?I can't, I just can't. I want to be objective and review this properly, but it rubbed me the wrong way.I looked on , to make sure I hadn't misunderstood what actually transpired, only to be disappointed in mankind (view spoiler)["scholars do not all agree on how important the rape is, or whether it even happened at all, one of them arguing that it is i [...]
I feel sorry for giving this book just one star because I've read other reviews and almost everybody seems to love it but I just couldn't bear it. When I first started reading it a couple weeks ago I had to stop because I got confused and suddenly found myself with 0 knowledge of what this book was about. So on this second and final go I've given this book I took a notebook with me and started making notes about the plot, but I still got confused and the translation I read was so horribly done ( [...]
Man,I heard about this story because it's supposed to be one of those perfect things that all wanna be authors should seek. I read it and wasn't disappointed at all. Long before Hemingway taught us all to use taut language, von Kleist was on top of it. It's fast. It's furious. It's fun. It's also highly recommended. I've written a plot summary of the story that I'll include as a link, but you should really give it a read yourself. The Plot Spot summary of The Marquise of O
mir geht nicht ganz auf was daran jetzt das tolle sein soll. satzbau übrigens in bourdieuscher umständlichkeit.
This is a whodunnit whose suspense derives not from the climactic reveal (which is not at all surprising) but from the playing out of the conceit (perhaps even more shocking after 200 years) of a courtship as the aftermath of a rape. Though the story is set in Kleist's present, amidst the chaos of contemporary wars, it is remarkably close in themes and driving anxieties to his Amphitryon. As in Kleist's adaptation of Plautus' comedy of divine usurpation, Marquise of O is driven by anxieties over [...]
Rape culture in a nutshell
What a horrible story, surely wrong on so many levels even when written.
melodramatic tales of woeI usually start my reviews with some kind of introduction, but this time I'll just make a straight statement. If you are a serious student of German literature, you will probably want to read this book as part of your studies, to know another corner of the genre, no matter how obscure. Similarly, if you want to know more about 18th century literary style in Europe (even if some of it was written in the early 19th), you may not want to miss Kleist's work. Not being any su [...]
Heinrich von Kleist's The Marquise of O and Other Stories is a gratifying and rewarding read with many unexpected and unpredictable turn of events. His stories are often cast in an eerie, multi-dimensional reality. To adequately comprehend and appreciate the richness, depth, and complexity of Kleist's prose, a careful reading is needed. His style is dense and intricate in its syntax, replete with lengthy passages, which, in some cases, seem to flow on and on like a spring cascade. The plot and s [...]
I never would have found this if it hadn't been for Francine Prose. And it would have been a great miss. Three short stories in this thin volume; the title story, The Earthquake in Chile and The Changeling. All are strange, chilling in a philosophical rather than ghostly or horror way, though there is plenty of horror and a hint of the supernatural, and absolutely absorbing.von Kleist was a German romantic, a one time collaborator with Goethe who managed to fit quite a lot into his 34 years. To [...]
I only had time to read The Marquise of O and none of his other stories, but I hunted it down because I heard that it was quite good. Kleist is not well known, at least in the States; I read about Kleist in a book for writers by Francine Prose. (now, isn't that a perfect writer's name!) It was also interesting to read a book where the females are not the ones fawning all over a man in an effort to snag a husband. You have the whole mystery from the very beginning, including the essential piece o [...]
The hero of this novella rapes the heroine in the opening pages and by the end is thoroughly likeable. A weird gothic tale of redemption in which every twist and turn is completely implausible but the lasting impact on the reader is one of utter believability. Another difficult experience to describe, but I like the novella very much and recommend it emphatically to everyone. In particular, von Kleist has a genius for endings that surprise, challenge, mystify, and though it is subdued, ellucidat [...]
I'm not quite sure yet where to put this one. It wasn't an unpleasant read, but I'm rather baffled by how the lady in question (the Marquise of O) so matter-of-factly marries the man who obviously raped her while she was unconscious how she could even consider it. I'd probably have ripped his nuts off instead but you never know - - - I do wonder though, whatever was going on in those minds? And probably still is, in some cases. Very generally speaking Confusing, I know. Like I said, it baffled m [...]
My first Kleist. I'm so proud.After Coetzee and Auster raved about it in their letters to each other, I figured I'd give it a read. What an opening! - she places an ad in the paper saying she'd marry the man who will come forward and admit he got her pregnant. (Novella was published in 1808, btw.)But then several things don't really hang together for me. (Identity of impregnator not very mysterious; reconciliation with father super-creepy.)Still, despite endlessly convoluted sentences, it moves [...]
racconto interessante, che già sembra prevedere i meccanismi della psicoanalisi: di un classico così famoso cosa vuoi dire di più, come puoi valutarlo? e quindi le cinque stelline vanno all'ottima introduzione di rossana rossanda e alle note conclusive di maria fancelli, perfette nell'illuminare ogni sfumatura della novella: semplicemente una lezione su come si deve pubblicare un classico.
this story is just so deep and perfect :) I love Heinrich von Kleist!The romance in this touches your heart while Kleist leaves you with an unsolved mystery - really enthralling. You get that a crime has been committed, but you don't know what exactly happened. It's a drama about disbelief and innocence with unexpected twists :-) I really loved every page of it!
I love any book that makes me struggle between what I want to happen and I what I know should happen. (view spoiler)[While I know that the Count raped her, but near the end, I couldn't stop myself from wondering why she refused to marry this guy who loved her so. (hide spoiler)] Von Kleist never ceases to amaze.
Esta edición está llena de faltas de ortografía, lo cual me hace dudar bastante de la calidad de la traducción. No sé si sea precisamente debido a la traducción, pero siento el ritmo de la historia muy lento y nunca llega a interesarme por completo la trama. Lo más rescatable es la parte en la que el padre se reconcilía con la hija de una forma apasionada y algo tenebrosa.
Stravitelná jednohubka, která je o buchtě, kterou někdo znásilní a otěhotní a ona neví kdo a nakonec si uvědomí kdo to udělal a vezme si ho, LOL. V minulých stoletích asi skandální dílo, ale teď už se to u nás na vesnici děje běžně, Spacák takhle dokonce sbalil dvě holky, takže jsem z toho nebyl vůbec paf.
I enjoyed this story a lot. The writing style is very peculiar, with a sort of abruptness and directness that makes it both exciting and intriguing. I can't help thinking that we would all benefit by the adoption of writing styles inspired by Heinrich von Kleist. Fascinating insight into the culture of the early 19th century.
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