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Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. H ...more
Paperback, German-English Edition, 432 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Bantam Classics (first published January 1st 1787)
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First impression: Goethe could write his tuckus off. Rarely have I encountered prose that commingles in such bounty the trifecta of being, at once, gorgeous to the eye, imbued with passion and saturated with depth and meaning. Faust has all three and I was pulled into the seductive narrative from the momentous opening (wonderfully titled “Prologue from Heaven”) through the final dramatic climax.

I must briefly pause here to add a qualifier to my comments which relate to the version I experienced
There's something discomforting about the vague moral convictions of Goethe's Faust character. One would assume, that even a scholar living in Goethe's time would find the typical preoccupations of Christian morality somewhat boring, if not basically delusional and overzealous. After all, the cacophony of self-doubt racing through his mind is not initially brought on by anything that resembles religious guilt. He's a man plagued by the hermetic stuffiness of a lifestyle of perpetual deep thought ...more
Goethe’s Faust is a novel rich in metaphor, elaborate verse, imagery, depth, and meaning that not only employs symbolic characters and scenes, but also through such literary techniques weaves its main philosophy of striving and experience as mankind’s rightful path.

Ironically, Faust reveals his disapproval for books as a true source of knowledge in understanding the world; we must turn to life and living, and experience instead. I call this ironic because while he denounces books, Faust is a bo
Duffy Pratt
Who knew that this book, one of the most famous in literature, was actually two separate works that seem only slightly related? I certainly didn't. The first part is a fairly ordinary play that gets dunked in profundity through the inclusion of Mephistopheles. There are only a few main characters here, and there wasn't much depth to any of them. I've heard that the German is tremendously good, but it's impossible for me to judge. I switched back and forth in this part between two different trans ...more
Najla Hammad
من أجمل ماقرأت من المسرحيات ! تعد هذه المسرحية من أعظم الأعمال في الأدب الألماني.
عن فاوست العالِم الذي يحب أن يتعلم كل شيء (وهو بالمناسبة شخصية حقيقية ذكرت في كثير من القصص الأوروبية القديمة)، يتعاقد مع الشيطان على شرط ثم تحصل بعدها أحداث كثيرة ممتعة بنكهة شيطانية
الشيطان مفستوفيليس هنا حكيم ومضحك في أحيان كثيرة
كتب جوته الجزء الأول من المسرحية ثم تبعها بالجزء الثاني بعد أكثر من 20 سنة! لم اقرأ الجزء الثاني بعد، وأرجو أن يكون في مستوى الجزء الأول أو أفضل منه.
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Sitting on the shelf with the children of Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton and Coleridge, Goethe's Faust is amazing in its poetry and depth. There are parts of this play/poem which seem to capture the whole drama of Man's fall and redemption within a single rhyming couplet. David Constantine's translation modernizes this amazing piece of High German lit, but George Madison Priest's translation seems, at least to me, to have a more seductive flow and more tempting poetry.

Philosophy, blasphemy, sorcery, seduction, murder and orgy–oh my!

So at the roaring loam of time
I weave the godhead’s living garment.

I didn’t have the kind of education in which this book was required reading - not that I ever really bothered to read whatever was required anyway. And failing to remember “Goethe” in answer to an IQ question 10 years ago has ever since bothered me to some degree or another. But if such things were in the works to ensure that when I did read this book I would be mos





Terry Clague
'Through many a long day you'll be taught
That what you once did without thinking,
As easy as if it were eating or drinking,
Must be done in order: one! two! three!
But truly, this though factory of ours
Is like some weaver's masterpiece:
One treadle stirs a thousand threads,
This way and that the shuttles whistle,
Threads flow invisibly, one ... stroke
Ties a thousand knots .... The philosopher steps in
And proves to you it had to be so;
The first was so, the second was so,
And therefore the third and four
I have read his Werther previously, so was familiar with his Sturm und Drang, but there he created a tragic hero, here it is something different.

Exquisite words conduce to exquisite generation, where (I'm reminded of Virgil) each word is child of that preceding and parent to the procession. It has the gravity of a great opera, the lucid and disturbed poignancy of a Shakespearean Lolita and chills more often than it warms.

Faust reaches into disheartening epistemology and other philosophic despair
Not since watching Breaking Bad have I been so enthralled by a man's descent into depravity.
أحمد شاكر
فاوست الأول

ـ الاستهلال المسرحي:
ويجري الحوار في هذا الاستهلال المسرحي (لفاوست) بين الشاعر من جهة وبين مدير المسرح والشخص المرح من جهة أخري. ويطلب هذان الآخيران إلي الشاعر أن يؤلف مسرحية ترضي ذوق الجمهور كيما يزداد دخل المسرح من المال، بينما الشاعر يشيح بوجهه عن هذا الاتجاه المادي.
الافتتاح في السماء:
وفعلا تبدأ مسرحية (فاوست) لجيته من السماء، وهي الوحيدة من بين المسرحيات التي تدور حول فاوست وتبدأ من السماء. ذلك لأن الفكرة الرئيسية التي جعلها جيتة محورا لتصوره لمأساة فاوست هي فكرة الرهان بين الله و
Patrick Gibson
Yah, I know... I need to add a 'Classic Literature' bookshelf. But... I am too busy reading (read: lazy).

Written in stages across the span of nearly sixty years, I agree with the wisdom of the ages that it is one of the greatest works of imaginative literature ever composed. Yet, while I think its relevance to a modern audience high, this work is not likely to receive much attention, let alone deep study, in America today, in the age of the Oprah book club, computer animated movies, reality tele
My review:
Faust is the classic tale of man's introspection in his pursuit of life, where great wisdom brings greater bruden. Finished in 1832, this 'closet drama' has a gothic style with all advantages of Elizabethan inspiration from the likes of Shakespeare and every scientific, religious, philosophical, achaeological... engineering down to the kitchen sink available to him. Really--if you're the type who likes to look into your authors, Goethe is a fascinating genius of a man. Like most people
Impressive poetic power...I wish that I could say that I was as impressed by the content as I was with the form, but I cannot. The myth of Faust has a great potential, and I do not think Goethe succeded in realising its full potential. It may be that my expectations for Faust were raised too high. I have not enjoyed it as much as I excpected to. Nevertheless, I cannot say that I did not like it. Maybe it is the influence of all the other versions of this legend that I have read that stopped me f ...more
Nicholas Whyte

It really took me ages to grind through this, and I'm not sure that it was worth it. Rather ambitiously I got hold of the Wordsworth edition which includes not only Part I and Part II of Faust, but also an earlier draft of Part I (the Urfaust) just in case you are sufficiently interested to know what the original version might have looked like.

Part I is the more digestible version (and the Urfaust even more so). Heinrich Faust, a scholar who is trying to
I don't read German – a lack, I suspect, that is irremediable when it comes to appreciating Goethe. I tried to read the Kaufmann Faust many years ago and could not get into it. So this time around I read determinedly in two translations, this one by David Luke as well as the more free-ranging Yale translation by Martin Greenberg. (To my surprise, I preferred Luke's version: it seemed to better capture the action and ironies of the poem.) As I read, I also referred to Nicholas Boyle's commentary, ...more
Czarny Pies
Nov 22, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hélas tout le monde. Il faut connaitre cet ouvrage qui a profondément marque notre culture.
Recommended to Czarny by: Tout le monde.
Faust est omnipresent dans notre culture. A part les Fausts de Goethe et de Marlowe, il existe aussi l'opera Faust de Gounod et
Mefistofele d'Arrigo Boito, le roman de Boulgakov (Le Maitre et Marguerite), Doctor Faustus de Thomas Mann, etc.

L'intrigue est simple. Faust est un vieux savant qui a la veille de sa mort arrive subitement a la conclusion qu'il n'a pas bien profite de la vie au lieu de faire la fete, il s'est consacré entièrement a l'étude. Il decide alors de vendor son ame au diable po
This was mostly confusing as hell. I'm usually a fast reader so I had to take pains to slow down and reread some of the pages to actually get a grip of all the ideas laid there. Needless to say it took me more than a month to finish reading this and even after that I still had to read it a second time just to be sure I understood everything. I love Goethe but I can't deny I had a few choice words for him while reading this book.
I thought I was getting the whole "Faust" from the book I got from the library, but it turned out to only be the first part. Oh well!
I quite enjoyed it, and plan on reading the second part sometime too. At times I was not 100% clear about what was going on, but I think audiences of the day wouldn't have had that problem. Very interesting and engaging work! It would be really neat to see it performed.
Amr iori

أقوى و أجمل مسرحية كتبت حتى الان - من وجهة نظرى ..

جــوتة كاتب موهوب قدر يوصل صورة الأنسان اللى جواة الخير والشر جنبا الى جنب ..
عن طريق أختيارة لشخصية حقيقة وهى شخصية فاوست الساحر الألمانى وأستاذ اللاهوت المسيحى , وصراعة مع مفستوفيلس رمز الشيطان و قوى الظلام على الأرض ..

فى قالب رومانسى كلاسيكى - ودى المدرسة المميزة لجوتة ولمعظم الكتاب الألمان فى الفترة دى ..
Aug 03, 2014 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Germanists, Literati, Students of culture
Recommended to Michael by: Many people
Shelves: classics, drama, poetry
I can’t add much – obviously – to the millions of words of analysis of Goethe’s classic play. It’s fair to say that I missed a lot, not only because my German is starting to fade, but simply because the richness of a text like this doesn’t come across in a single reading. This is a “dual text,” with the German on one side of the page, and the English translation on the other. Peter Salm’s translation appears to be adequate, but it doesn’t (probably because it can’t) capture the complexity and su ...more
Ah, master of poetry! These romantic writers are the poets I like most. And the translator, Ion Iordan, does a good job in bringing this masterpiece into Romanian. I did search a little bit and Ion Iordan is the pen name for Immanuel Weissglas, a Romanian poet of Jewish extraction that was born in Cernauti, a town that it is now part of Ukraine, but was historically part of Romania. It seems that he has translated some other works, all from German, but none of them that I have read, and also had ...more
Daniel Pecheur
My favorite work of literature ever written. I absolutely love Goethe's Faust I; it is definitely the most sublime and inspiring work of literature in my mind. I think that the story of Dr. Faust alone is fascinating, but the version created by the German Romantic Goethe, whose genius can only be rivaled by Shakespeare, perhaps, is by far the most excellent, widely surpassing the play of Marlowe. My favorite quote from literature is in the monologue between Faust and his friend Wagner in Act I w ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Chory rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Scholars, Werd Nerdz
Shelves: read-for-school
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"Faust" is a story about a very successful scholar(Faust) who is unsatisfied with life and decides to make a deal with the devil for unlimited knowledge and worldy pleasures. He makes this deal with Mephistopheles(a demon) and the agreement is that Meph will be his servant on Earth and at the very moment he experiences "true happiness" he shall die and be cast to hell to serve the Devil. This is one of my favorite pieces of literature. Faust is a very relatable character due to the fact that he ...more
Shemlah Shamiyn
Reading "Faust" by Goethe and I realize that there isn't much that has changed from those times of the 17th century. In "Faust" the women are depicted as helpless damsels in distress that are susceptible to men seducing and conquering them in a sexual way. The relationship between the male and women are only reflective of the modern day cat and mouse chase for the sexual conquest of women. The all knowing Devil, Mephistopheles, warns Faust of his hypocrisy. He helps Faust realize all that he did ...more
Okay, so, um, there's a lot to say about this one. I feel a bit overwhelmed, because I read it in the past few hours (it's faster than you'd think).

First, the usual: I had to read this for ENG150Y1, The Literary Tradition, and with this work our studies come to a close, as it's our final work this year. Isn't that exciting? There's so much to tie to our older texts. We have the same kind of manipulation Prospero did in Meph's own work, but the latter is, well, the devil, and Prospero uses these
Arto Marashelian
this book is a treasure and a very rare treasure..
i read most of the pages twice to satisfy my eyes with those words ..(lets not forget the big work the translator made) ** David Luke **
in my opinion the award of greatest translation of any work should go to David Luke he deserve it.
mmmm what else should i write ... inspiring, you can live the moment both in tragedy and thrilling situation..
the ending of the part one WOW i will run to the libraries to search for the second part ** i hope i can
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer. George Eliot called him "Germany's greatest man of letters... and the last true polymath to walk the earth." Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe's other well-known literary works include h ...more
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