Introduzione di Giuliano Baioni
Traduzione di Andrea Casalegno
Sorprendentemente audace per l’epoca, tanto da scandalizzare la società letteraria tedesca al suo apparire nel 1808, ma affidata a una scrittura castissima, la vicenda della Marchesa di O... è una esemplare storia di emancipazione. La protagonista, vedova virtuosa, si ritrova incinta senza conservare memoria dell’atto che l’ha resa madre. Contro tutte le convenzioni accetta l’onere della misteriosa maternità e denuncia pubblicamente la propria condizione, costringendo infine il seduttore, che dapprima le è apparso come un angelo, a rivelare anche il suo volto demoniaco di stupratore. L’ambivalenza della natura umana è la radice del romanticismo di Kleist: i suoi racconti, dove gli individui per sete di verità e di giustizia sono condannati a macchiarsi dei più orrendi delitti, rivelano una visione del mondo nella quale i principi della ragione sono la maschera dietro cui si cela la spietata bestialità dell’uomo.
Il volume comprende i racconti: Michele Kohlhaas, La marchesa di O..., Il terremoto in Cile, Fidanzamento a Santo Domingo, La mendicante di Locarno, Il trovatello, Santa Cecilia o La forza della musica, Il duello.
- ISBN: 8811361974
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 288
Heinrich von Kleist (1777– 1811) was a true romantic, a literary genius on fire with poetic inspiration all throughout his twenties and early thirties, dedicating himself to writing plays, poems, essays, novellas and short stories before ending his life at age thirty-four via a suicide pact with a b Leggi tutto
Von Kleist is groszartig. Is it a coincidence that these shocking stories stem from the pen of what was quite likely a manic depressive who eventually committed suicide? There have been numerous studies confirming positive correlation between displays of genius and people with an overactive mental s Leggi tutto
The Earthquake in Chile sets a standard the other stories maybe don't totally live up to? It also sets the precedent for a sort of narrative insurrection in which the author seems to have it in for his characters in an angry God/terroristic way. The random violence really jumps off these early-1800s Leggi tutto
I originally gave The Marquise of O - three stars (“I liked it”) but upon reflection I feel I have to round it up to four. There are no clunkers in the collection of Heinrich von Kleist’s short prose work (he was also a poet, playwright, and wrote operas) and the translations are excellent, retainin Leggi tutto
Separately I've written a review of "Michael Kohlhaas", the principal work in this collection, so I'll pass it by now and comment on some of the other stories and Kleist himself. Famous for his striking first paragraphs, Kleist begins "The Marquise of O" with the marquise placing an ad in the local p Leggi tutto
Reading Kleist is an exhilarating experience that can be very unpleasant. I don’t think any stories have ever moved me the way Kleist’s do, but I’m having a hard time describing this effect in words. I’d like to say that his sentences manage to capture the beauty and anxiety of a single moment, but Leggi tutto
Some of the stories were interesting, some others made no sense at all, but then Kleist had to go all White Supremacy and I couldn't deal with him anymore.
Having already read Michael Kohlhaas , The Duel and The Marquise of O , I skipped straight to these: The Earthquake in Chile - an eartquate taken place on the eve of an execution of an unmarried woman with a child (2 stars) The Beggarwoman of Locarno - a ghost terrifies the count's castle (3 stars) St Ce Leggi tutto
Where this not German literature I would say this book very much falls into the Gothic category. The stories were full of evil catholics, unwed mothers and unspeakable activities by the church. The style (in translation) seems half way between a William Morris style re-creation of medivael stories a Leggi tutto
Not much to enjoy here. The longest story, Michael Kohlhaas, is essentially a boring shaggy dog story about a legal dispute involving horses... snooze.... Apparently, Franz Kafka liked von Kleist's work, which is probably why penguin bothered to publish this collection. On the other hand, if you're a Leggi tutto
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