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Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen

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Heine war davon überzeugt, daß er mit seinem "Werkchen" Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen etwas verfaßt hatte, das "mehr Furore machen wird, als die populärste Broschüre, und das dennoch den bleibenden Wert einer klassischen Dichtung haben wird". Recht hatte er. Mit seinem Versepos sollte er zwar in kürzester Zeit die gesamte empörte Presse gegen sich haben, aber auch heute ...more
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Published March 31st 2006 by Anaconda Verlag (first published 1844)
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Elke Woll Heine died 150 years ago. The subject of the book is his journey in the early 1840s from his exile in France to visit his mother and his publisher in…moreHeine died 150 years ago. The subject of the book is his journey in the early 1840s from his exile in France to visit his mother and his publisher in Germany.(less)

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This must be one of the most biting works ever written about Germany by a German.

From his exile in Paris in the winter of 1843 Heinrich Heine sets forth to visit his publisher Julius Campe (of the still existing Hoffmann & Campe Publishing House). Heine's path leads him from Aachen via Cologne, K.-Mülheim, Hagen, Paderborn, Detmold, Minden and Hannover to his final destination: Hamburg. The "Winter Tale" is his travelogue.

I don't know how many borders of large and small principalities were t
I like reading Heine. His poems have a real flow to them and it always pleases me to read them out loud. Each word has been carefully chosen and the rhyme is nearly always perfect. For me, reading Heine is the feeling of being at sea (while not being seasick): the soft lulling of the waves is the exact flow of these poems.

As for the Wintermärchen (Winter Fairytale) itself, I'm not always quite sure I fully understood it. Yes, it's a satire, definitely; but I felt that even though we have discuss
Alex G.
Sep 26, 2012 Alex G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I had a bit of a language barrier sometimes - I'm a native French speaker but read it in the original German - the whole was just amazing. In terms of sheer poetry, the music of the verses is absolutely delicious: I loved to read it outloud, so that I could enjoy the sound of even those words I did not understand. Secondly, I really liked the way Heine alternates between loving descriptions of Germany and contemporary satire. Having travelled far and wide in Germany, I knew most of the ...more
Heines "Wintermärchen" ist für mich eines der Bücher, vor denen man einen großen historischen Abriss lesen sollte. Die Zeit vor der deutschen Nationalgründung 1871, die Zeit der vielen gescheiterten Revolutionen in Deutschland (1848, um nur eine zu nennen), die Zeit um 1800 in der maßgeblich die deutsche Nationalidee geprägt wird ist eine sehr verwirrende Epoche, meines Empfindens nach. Das Nachwort der Reclam-Ausgabe leistet da schon Einiges, könnte aber noch etwas einfacher herunter gebrochen ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Miriam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Anyone have a translation recommendation?
I'd prefer the uncensored version to the original publication, also.
A Girl Has No Name
Nov 19, 2014 A Girl Has No Name rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, alternative
Geistreich, humorvoll und kritisch! Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen ist definitiv eine spannende Reise!
Oct 01, 2014 Constanza rated it it was amazing
El talento de Heinrich Heine se expresa de forma magistral en este libro, a través de una ingeniosa ironía, y a la vez, una profunda sensibilidad. Sus versos son cáusticos, y en ellos critica abiertamente el orden político y social de Alemania. Sin embargo, a pesar del pesimismo de la poesía de Heine, se puede observar su amor por su país incluso entre los más sarcásticos juegos de palabras. El título del libro es dulce y evoca sueños invernales, y aunque el contenido de los poemas muestran un e ...more
John Hatley
Dec 29, 2012 John Hatley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant satirical poem first published in 1844 by one of Germany's foremost poets, "Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen" (Germany. A Winter's Tale) is a masterpiece of German literature. It is a delight to read and, like most poetry, is probably best read in the original German.
Clever, Herr Heine, sehr clever. Klug, gewitzt und mit spitzem Sarkasmus. Danke, dass ich mitreisen durfte.
Ana Enriques
Sep 05, 2013 Ana Enriques rated it liked it
Bastante interesantes las ingeniosas críticas de Heine. Especialmente a partir del cap XX, cuando llega a Hamburgo, me gustó mucho cómo se expresa acerca de su ciudad y su gente.
Julia Bügel
Jan 28, 2017 Julia Bügel rated it really liked it
Einfach Heine... sarkastisch, lustig, politisch und sehr zum Nachdenken anregend. Passt oftmals leider noch allzu gut in die heutige Zeit.
Dec 28, 2016 Joerg rated it really liked it
Mostly a political but also a poetic view of Germany in mid 18 hundreths. Feels like the person Heine, or perhaps is his spirit, essence is still close and vibrant. As if he sat next to you, joking. Reading these verses somehow made me happy.
Benian Mutlu
Dec 15, 2015 Benian Mutlu rated it really liked it
Heinrich Heine uses the beauty of the German language and he uses it elegantly even adding more beauty to it. Some of his poems are so authentic that I can imagine the sound of the harp or the conversation between him and his mother that ended in a note which proves the ideological difference and partly an alienation from eachother. He does all this with the use of a a few verses, that are very compressed regarding the content. His critique is not that subtle as he didn't have to fear censorship ...more
Patricia Vocat
Dec 27, 2013 Patricia Vocat rated it it was amazing
Es ist ein satirischer Blick auf das Deutschland von 1844. Das vermutlich längste Gedicht der Welt, ganz im Stile des Volksliedes, sprüht vor wehmütigem Witz und scharfzüngiger Ironie. Die liebevolle Abneigung dieser Satire schafft eine kunstvolle literarische Landschaft, deren Gesellschaftskritik sich bis heute eine gewisse Aktualität bewahrt hat.
Apr 22, 2016 L. rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I thought the whole thing was so-so, but I strongly suspect the translation I was reading was not doing justice to the poem. My German isn't good enough to read it in the original language, so I will have to return to it later to see if it's still as clunky and awkward. (It's Heine so it will probably still be awkward, although the clunkiness would be much reduced.)
Dec 02, 2013 Ron.K. rated it really liked it
I have been fascinated by Heine's life and the way he lived in Paris in exile. His poem "Die schlesischen Weber" was what caught my attention the first time. Such a lovely melody he has, a hidden critic and hate towards the politic and system of the time in Germany but also unlimited love to his people and father land. Enjoyed reading this so much
I really enjoyed this book. It's actually a fairly easy read for non-native speakers and parts of it are incredibly funny. Its disjointedness was a little strange, but ultimately interesting as one tries to understand Heine's point.
Mar 06, 2010 Ruby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2011, here, german
Poor Heine. Sandra has written a better review, go and read that. I mostly agree but was generally completely distracted while reading, which is probably more my fault than his, but it didn't make the experience particulary enjoyable.
Mar 06, 2009 Polina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the biggest drag ever. Absolutely boring! Unless one is obsessed with the German History, I would not recommend reading it ..... oh and by the way the whole book is written in verse!!!
El Marcapaginas
Un viaje a lo largo de Europa en el que el autor habla de un montón de referentes y referencias. Fue una lectura pausada pero sesuda donde pude meterme de lleno en el imaginario de Heinrich.
Kate Dee
Jul 31, 2009 Kate Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the few books I had to read in school I actually liked. You have to have extensive knowledge of German history to really appreciate it, though. If you do it is really entertaining.
Jürgen Olschewski
A wonderfully witty poem, brilliantly translated. The introduction and notes are superbly informative. I really want to read it in the original German now.
Mar 27, 2015 Simon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deutsch, poetry

Geschrieben mit Witz und Wut, und mit so viel Verlangen. Als Expat fühle ich mich hier verstanden.
Chamber Of Books and Secrets
The writing is really beautiful and the whole concept of this is actually very hilarious and I admire Heine to write about such delicate topics in a time in Germany where it was forbidden.
Frank D'hanis junior
Dec 05, 2012 Frank D'hanis junior rated it it was amazing
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Jun 06, 2010 Sara rated it liked it
I love Heine's poetry, so it was interesting to read one of his more political works, especially since I was in his home town while I was reading it.
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Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose is distinguished by its satirical wit an ...more
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