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Caspar Hauser: The Inertia of the Heart

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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We be ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 2nd 1993 by Penguin Classics (first published 1908)
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Alberto García Marcos
Llegué a esta novela no atraído por el nombre del autor, sino por el del protagonista, Caspar Hauser. Hace cosa de un año leí "Gaspar Hauser. Un delito contra el alma del hombre", un extraordinario libro de Anselm von Feuerbach que relata la historia del niño salvaje que da título al escrito. Es un texto de la primera mitad del siglo XIX contado por alguien que estuvo en estrecho contacto con él y que, además de describir el sinfín de peculiaridades que adornaban la persona y las circunstancias ...more
Flora
Mar 14, 2008 Flora rated it really liked it
Jakob Wassermann's "Kaspar Hauser" is a woefully neglected novel about the famous feral child of early 19th-century Nuremburg: a young man appeared one day in a village square, able to speak only one sentence ("I want to be a rider like my father"), holding a letter which explained that he had never in his life been allowed out of doors. Soon the "wild child" became a cause celebre, and rumors followed that he was actually the Prince of Baden. Wassermann's approach to the story is patient and th ...more
Sam
Eine interessante, aber extrem einseitige Studie über "die Trägheit des Herzens", die dazu veranlasst, das eigene über das Wohl anderer zu stellen, und von Andersdenkenden das Schlimmste anzunehmen. Ich ertappte mich mehrmals bei dem Gedanken daran, dass Caspar tot wesentlich besser dran wäre, da er so allein auf der Welt ist, wie man nur sein kann: Ohne Familie und Lebenserfahrung, lebt er vollkommen unverstanden und wird von allen Seiten angefeindet. Der Roman hät uns auch heute noch den Spieg ...more
Christina
Jakob Wassermann schenkt seinem Publikum die eindringliche Erzählung des Schicksals Caspar Hauser, gekonnt verwebt er Fakt mit Fiktion. Nicht umsonst nannte Golo Mann diesen Roman den schönsten Kriminalroman. Der Leser taucht ein in dieses bis heute ungeklärtes Mysterium des Lebens des Findlings Hauser, der nicht nur ein sonderbares, sondern das wahrscheinlich unfairste Schicksal zu ertragen hat, welches die Literatur je gesehen hat. Zu Wassermanns Leistung zählt es, viele vielschichtige Figuren ...more
Jen
Oct 29, 2007 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I read this right after the other Hauser book on my "read" shelf, when I first became aware of and fascinated with his story. This is historical fiction, not non-fiction, but my understanding is that it is pretty true to the events (or what we know of them). A great read.
Jorge
Oct 23, 2015 Jorge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jakob Wassermann es el autor de este notable libro al cual llegué después de haber leído de este mismo autor su novela “El Hombre de los Gansos”. Jakob Wasserman nos lleva al mundo silencioso y secreto de un ser nacido al margen de la sociedad, de un ser que desconoce por completo a la humanidad, la organización de la vida humana y el funcionamiento de la sociedad, ya que desde su nacimiento hasta la adolescencia permaneció encerrado en una torre y por lo tanto no conoce lo que es otro ser human ...more
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Lese.tek
Dramatisch, satirisch-kritisch zugespitzt. Liest sich wie psychologischer Krimi, historisch-faktischer Roman oder ein Horror-Buch, a la mehr Psycho weniger Blut. Aber auch Blutvergießen gibt es hier.
Spannend, aber zieht sich auch unglaublich in die Länge. An manchen Stellen ist die SPrache sehr symbolisch und die Andeutungen sind nicht gleich zu verstehen, so dass man einige Stellen öfter lesen muss, um sie zu verstehen.
Sydne
Interesting read. To be a gripping book though the novel should have been cut short by about 30%.
I also wonder- how much of this is fiction, how much was actually from notes taken and letters written at the time?
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Born in Fürth, Wassermann was the son of a shopkeeper and lost his mother at an early age. He showed literary interest early and published various pieces in small newspapers. Because his father was reluctant to support his literary ambitions, he began a short-lived apprenticeship with a businessman in Vienna after graduation.
He completed his military service in Nuremberg. Afterward, he stayed in s
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“Sicherlich spürte der Gefangene, spürte es schmerzlich, was die lüstern auf ihn gerichteten Blicke begehrten, und der Wunsch, ihnen zu willfahren, erzeugte möglicherweise die erste erhellende Dämmerung, welche ihm selbst die Vergangenheit langsam begreiflich machte, so daß er in beunruhigter Brust nach dem Gewesenen tastete, ein Gewesenes erst fühlte und die Gegenwart damit verband, im tiefsten schaudernd an der Zeit messen lernte, was sie verändernd mit ihm getan, und was er sah, mit dem verglich, was er ehedem gesehen.” 0 likes
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