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Faust, Part Two (Goethe's Faust #2)

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This is a new translation of Faust, Part Two by David Luke, whose translation of Faust, Part I was the winner of the European Poetry Translation Prize. Here, Luke expertly imitates the varied verse-forms of the original, and provides a highly readable and actable translation which includes an introduction, full notes, and an index of classical mythology.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 22nd 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1832)
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Isidora
Dok prvi (i opštepoznati) deo "Fausta" znam gotovo napamet, moram priznati da sam drugi tek sada pročitala po prvi put. Trenutni utisak je moguće svesti na sledeće reči:"drugačije. Klasično, jednako impresivno, ali, DRUGAČIJE". Prvi deo je (barem meni lično) i dalje upečatljiviji, snažniji, tragičniji. Drugi predstavlja Geteovu erudiciju na delu, sintezu svih elemenata antike, kako po galeriji njenih ličnosti koje uvodi, tako i po stilu, stihu, ideji...odnosno, načinu na koji je izvedena. Zahtev ...more
E.A. Bucchianeri
Goethe's "Faust" is arguably the most important milestone in Romantic literature. Taking the famous medieval legend of Dr. Faustus and his pact with the devil, Goethe adapted the tale of old, and transformed it into a great love story, and a probing poetical tract on the nature of good and evil, salvation and damnation, failing and striving, the innate search for truth and lasting fulfilment.

After his tragic love affair with Margareta in Part One, Faust is mystically restored by a band of elvin
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Priscila Jordão
Para os leitores médios como eu, isto é, aqueles não versados em crítica literária ou profundos conhecedores da mitologia greco-romana, a segunda parte do Fausto de Goethe é potencialmente irritante.

Quem se aventura por esse monumental segundo volume, bastante grosso na edição bilíngue da Editora 34, provavelmente teve sua curiosidade atiçada pela primeira parte da tragédia, mais curta e que condensa altas doses de dramaticidade própria do romantismo alemão em um período histórico bem definido.
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Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
I think that the title is a bit misleading - it makes one expect "Faust, Part Two" to be the sequel to "Faust, Part One". Instead, this reads more like "The New Faust: Containing an Emperor of Much Import and Lavish Greek Settings".

The play opens with Faust getting his memory wiped by a fairy - so he no longer remembers the tragic end met by his lover, or pretty much anything that he previously did, except that he had the devil by his side.

For reasons unknown to me, he goes to the Emperor's cour
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Marcos Junior
A raiz de toda destruição do século XX, e que ainda perdura em vários lugares, está no homem Fáustico, que realiza um pacto com o mal para ter liberdade de perseguir seus desejos. Toda intervenção mágica de Mefistófeles pode ser representado pelo extraordinário avanço tecnológico, que deu ao superhomem sem limites morais o poder para subjugar o mundo e realizar seus sonhos. A tese de Goethe é que o mal se encontra a serviço do bem e por isso Fausto é salvo no final pela intervenção da Virgem Mar ...more
أحمد شاكر
(الفصل الأول)
وتبدأ الحياة الجديدة في قصر الامبراطور حيث ينعقد مجلس الدولة برئاسة الامبراطور للنظر في مشاكل الامبراطورية. ويجلس الامبراطور علي كرسي العرش يحيط به كوكبة من رجال البلاط، وعن يمينه يجلس المنجم.
ويمثل مفستوفيلس أمام الامبراطور الضعيف الارادة، الذي ليس له رغبة أو قدرة علي إدارة الامبراطورية، وقد شاع فيها الفساد، وعم النقص في كل شيء: في المال، والانتاج الزراعي والحيواني.
ويدور جدل بين الوزراء والامبراطور ويشارك فيه مفستوفيلس، حول توفير المال اللازم للامبراطورية. حيث يقترح مفستوفيلس استخرا
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Khan
Faust II is in der Tat einer der schwersten literarischen Texte, die man lesen kann.

Ich hab die Reclam-Version gelesen mit den dazugehörigen "Erläuterungen und Dokumente" und bei Gott, dass muss man auch, ansonsten würde man nicht mal 1/3 des Textes verstehen.

Was mich wirklich gestört hat ist die Tatsache, dass die Geschichte nur zum Teil Faust involvierte. Meistens folgte man Mephisto, was einerseits gut, aber andererseits schlecht ist. In einem Stück namens Faust möchte man mehr über den Chara
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Perry Whitford
The second and concluding part of Goethe's Faust, written years after the first part, is very different too. Faustus is now an eminent figure, a person of influence in the Emperor's court, but he is still unfulfilled, whilst the condition of the state is similarly parlous.
Mistrusted and feared by all but invaluable for the services their magic can bring, Faustus and Mephistopheles rescue the state from bankruptcy by promising to deliver gold from beneath the earth but instead introducing paper
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Robert Sheppard
GOETHE'S FAUST----THE IMMORTAL CLASSIC OF HUMAN ASPIRATION-----FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS—-ROBERT SHEPPARD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is universally revered as one of the great immortal geniuses of World Literature, and his great classic "Faust," the epic drama of the scholar's pact with the devil that has come to embody the spirit of the West and its fated love affair with limitless knowledge and technology, is ofte
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Leah
I read this a long, long time ago and to be honest I didn't understand it all. Probably because the book deals with subjects that are unknown to me like Greek mythology. I really look forward to reading it again and maybe even understand it this time!
Iwokeinrelief
***This review pertains to the David Luke translation***

I have to acknowledge that I was slightly hesitant to read Part Two. Here's why:

1. Luck goes out of his way to discuss the competing critical theories surrounding Part Two (it's a mess vs. it's entirely as Goethe intended) in his introduction to Part One. Pretty much just because - it's almost an aside and then he continues discussion Part One. There's no good reason to discuss it where he does, it's almost like he's getting it out of the w
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Jennifer
I read part I a long time ago. Now I'm reading a version which is a Google eBook

https://books.google.com/books?id=lrU...

Title Faust: a tragedy : the second part, Volume 2
Author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Translated by James Adey Birds
Publisher Longmans, Green, 1889
Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Digitized Aug 18, 2010
Length 450 pages


...so, lots of references to ancient mythology, which I am not well versed in. Also, I suspect that poetry simply doesn't translate well. I can't s
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Steve Penner
Faust, Part II by Goethe may be the least read classic on the classics list and with good reason. It is a difficult read as much of it is steeped in Greek history, mythology and lore. It would be undecipherable without the notes and index which explains much. The portrayal of Satan as Mephistopheles provides the most interest in the story. The final disposition of Faust's soul in Act V is interesting as it reflects the Christian beliefs of the time. One major problem is trying to figure out who ...more
Albert
This play is tough. the toughest thing I ever read that I still plan on reading it again in order to actually understand it.

You need concentration, you need skill and you need tricks up your brain in order to fully understand and know how to read this play.

However I loved it. Again this book is filled with laughs, tragedy, eroticism, magic and even a bit of science fiction.

unbelievably interwoven one more time with the adventures of Faust and Mephisto.

This time going beyond what is a genre.
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Nathan Hillyer
If anyone is going to embark on Faust (1 or 2) translated by David Luke, one probably couldn't do better by the translation itself. It flows easily in a contemporary sense, and Luke gives a convincing explanation of his rule of verse. The humor is not lost, and the simple beauty is conveyed well. However, Luke's introduction is almost mind-melting. In the 2nd part, it is 85 pages of disjointed explanation of Geothe's fragmented compilation of changing directions and attitudes towards the complet ...more
Juls
nie wieder!
Kaycie
This book was a huge disappointment for me coming off of Faust 1. I was expecting the conclusion of Faust 1, and that is absolutely not what this poem was. Most of this was random characters from mythology or other stories, and while I'm sure it was full of allusions and all kinds of fun stuff, it isn't the story I wanted to read at all.

There were a few parts that I was still interested in, however. The very last part of the book is the conclusion I was looking for to Part 1. I still wish we wou
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ben
It took my longer to get into this text than part 1, but I enjoyed the immense references to Greek/Roman mythology. Without that basis, I would have been more lost than I was, but once events happen what was previously clouded becomes clear. Once that happens, the tongue-in-cheek nature of Mephistopheles becomes more pronounced and obvious to the reader and the enjoyment level increase. Rated it 4 stars because of my general enjoyment of reading different takes on classical myths, otherwise it w ...more
Kelly
This is a very funny book. From a chattering brilliant mind. ...funny and brilliant as Melville.

I am reading this right now. It is hilarious, insane, wonderful. well not insane at all, just the mix/ meeting of the classical gods, pre-classical gods and our paltry contemporary icons coming together.

Deep quest of life meeting myths of life jambalaya. Sphinxes and ants and the devil all talk to each other. Everyone is invited to dinner. Just think of all your smartest craziest friends getting toge
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Bogdan
Definitively this second part of the tragedy is no easy reading. It is one the most complex literary works I have ever read full of references to Greek mythology. It is not very easy to follow and I had a hard time to recall some details of the highschool lectures around Ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

The premise is not so easy to identify, as in the first part. Mainly because apparently there is no conflict and Goethe seems to do nothing but describe a fantastical world, populated by mythica
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Christoph
Während den ersten Teil der Tragödie zu lesen mich in meiner nur noch latent vorhandenen Überzeugung der Genialität Goethes neu überzeugt hat, hinterlässt der zweite Teil des Faust gemischtere Gefühle. Inhaltlich wie sprachlich ist dies ein sehr verworrenes Machwerk, dessen Wert zu erkennen so schwer ist, dass ich auch mehr als eine Woche nach dem Lesen des letzten Verses mich immer noch nicht in der Lage sehe, eine "Sterne-Bewertung" abzugeben.
Faust I. ist persönlich, Faust II. allumfassend. Es
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Gopal Vijayaraghavan
After dooming Gretchen to her death, the journey of Faust continues in the company Mephisto. They help the emperor in distress.Action shifts to the ends of ocean. Greek Mythology blends with the tale of Paust. The immortal Helen is brought back to life and light. But brief joys must be the lot of Faust and Helen as woes overwhelm. The magic wears of and Helen again descends into Hades. Faust and Mephisto help the emperor who faces rebellion with their witchcraft to win back his kingdom. In the b ...more
Robyn Blaber
Wow. I'm not sure that this play is aptly named. Though, Faust is in it, it doesn't seem to be an extension of the first play at all. The central character seems to be Helen of Troy (formerly Sparta). There is also the introduction of this weird homunculus (Faust's creation) asking all the hard metaphysical questions. Naturally he seeks the answers from the ancient Greeks... perhaps not the best place to look given the advantages of more modern philosophers. His voyage is interesting though. Unf ...more
Burcu
Oct 11, 2014 Burcu added it
It's a great transformation from part I, almost feels like it lacks the conviction of its prequel. However, its difference also shows a transforming intellectual mind. The best discussion on the Fausts I read so far is still Berman's chapter in "All that is Solid" (All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity) and he is right, not much happens until much later.
Hannah
Also das war sehr komisch.
Erstmal war da kein genauer inhaltlicher Zusammenhang und die Zeitsprünge waren auch seltsam, aber generell hatte es nur das Ziel Faust scheitern zu lassen.
Mephisto ist da das Einzige, was ein wenig Sinn macht und generell hatte Faust zwar jetzt die weite Welt erkundet, aber wenn ihr mich fragt, hat ihm das auch nicht gut getan.

Generell fand ich den ersten Teil besser, auch wenn der schon nicht allzu berauschend war.
Stuart
I love the Faust Legend, and I love the ambition and scope of Goethe's retelling, and nowhere is scope more the object of the game than in part two of his epic dramatic poem. Sometimes, in all honesty, there is too much scope, and while some sections of the poem feel necessary and like they continue to expand the legend and characters of Faust and Mephistopheles, other sections of the poem just feel overly long and strained, becoming tedious as Goethe becomes wrapped up in the importance of his ...more
Carlos Burga
It is not often that I don’t finish a book, but I’ve also learned (based on my experience with Don Quijote and The Great Gatsby) that muscling to the end of a book is a sterile pursuit. My issue with this book, which is the same issue that I had with a Catcher in the Rye, is the fact that although the themes with which the book deals are fascinating, the language of the work becomes an obstacle. In this particular case my obstacle was Goethe’s verse. I’ve never been a fan of verse and Goethe’s m ...more
Dave
Faust, Parts I & II, are together considered the most important work of literature in the German language. Unlike its predecessor, Christopher Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus", where Faust sells his soul to the Devil, this one involves a wager between God and Mephistopheles (the Devil) about the value of creation. This plays out in the course of the two volumes to culminate in a perhaps surprising ending.

The first volume is relatively straight forward; the second is highly complex involving a substan
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Yair Bezalel
A sublime and wonderful work. Stuart Atkin's translation commendably shows the power and grandeur of Goethe's masterwork in a complex but somehow still (mostly) accessible English rendition. Reading about the history of the work and of Goethe himself, it's not that it's a wonder that the work is what it is now, but rather that it was ever conceived and finished at all. The first part is wonderful, even in its linearity, but the second part transcends not only the form of the closet drama but of ...more
Hilary
I love Goethe. I love Goethe's *Faust*. But there's a reason no one reads or performs Faust, part II. Written decades after he wrote Part I, near the end of his life, this is Faust, gone German Romantic. Which means it's...kind of unintelligible. I was reading it in German, and couldn't figure out what the heck was going on. So I went and found a copy in English in the library. And it made just as little sense as before. Not much happens except some thoroughly random stuff (Faust and Mephisto cr ...more
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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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