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Selected Prose of Heinrich von Kleist

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Selected Prose of Heinrich von Kleist by Heinrich von Kleist
Feb 01, 2010 | ISBN 9780982624678

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Kleist’s narrative language is something completely unique. It is not enough to read it as historical – even in his day nobody wrote as he did. . . . An impetus squeezed out with iron, absolutely un-lyrical detachment brings forth tangled, knotted, overloaded sentences painfully soldered together . . . and driven by a breathless tempo. —Thomas Mann

Kleist was one of the first of a line of German writers whose inwardness is so intense it seems to dissolve the weak bonds of his society. . . . Even as order and paternalism struggled to assert themselves in the private and public life of the nineteenth century, Kleist was introducing scenes of mob violence, cannibalism, and less than benevolent fathers. —Times Literary Supplement

Kleist left behind a corpus of works that, while small in quantity, were and still are among the finest German texts. —Library Journal

A dark, charming collection of twisted fairy tales for grownups. —Publishers Weekly

Michael Kohlhaas. . . . a story I read with true reverence. —Franz Kafka

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