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(09/07/2008) The Marquise Of O & Other Stories by Heinrich von Kleist. New York. 1983. Penguin Books. Translated From The German & With An Introduction By David Luke & Nigel Reeves. keywords: Penguin Classic Paperback Literature Germany Translated 19th Century. 320 pages. The cover shows a detail from 'Portrait of Frau von Cotta' by Gottlieb Schick, in the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. 0140443592.

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   Between 1799, when he resigned his commission in the Prussian army, and his suicide in 1811, Kleist wrote stories and plays of a kind quite unprecedented in German literature. His writing expressed the state of mind that follows upon the loss of every article of faith which he had imbibed in his early years from the German Enlightenment. It is Kleist's vulnerability and disequilibrium, his pronounced sense of evil, his desperate challenge to established values and beliefs that carry him further than Goethe or Schiller across the gap between the eighteenth century and today. The world of all these stories is an unpredictable one - a world of dislocated causality on which inexplicable factors intrude and in which sanity is poised in the brink of destruction.

 

 

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