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Retaining the original rhyme scheme and meter, this is the definitive English language edition available of the influential 1494 allegorical classic, a sweeping satire of weaknesses, vices, and grotesqueries of the day. Includes 114 Renaissance woodcuts, Brant's annotations, a biography of the author, a publishing history, and a survey of the work's influence.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 8th 2011 by Dover Publications (first published 1494)
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be sure to read a version with the original woodcuts, they're wonderful! i kept a tally while i read this, and i found that i earn my place aboard das Narrenschiff on at least 29 counts. although brant's catalogue of foolishness is rather comprehensive, after reading a copy borrowed from the library i would like to propose one more measure to the list, namely: "Of Penciling Inane Commentary Into the Margins of Library Books" -- that ought to pay your fare to monkey land sufficiently.
Chas Bayfield
Read this in German in Germany in 1990. I skipped a lot of it as my 'pub German' wasn't quite up to the intricasies of 15th century Deutsch. The general theme (I think) is that we are all idiots, which is pretty accurate.
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Was worth skimming through for a look at what Western Europeans evaluated as the chief failures of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance ideals emerging, the weirdo pictures are something to look forward to but not a lot surprising, except I would love to know what it was women were saying to their husbands to make them so miserable because judging from this they really seem to have had misandry down to an art.
Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch

I would like to see an annotated modern translation with the original woodcuts...

No one jests of acadamia better than Brant!
Jun 26, 2011 Aric rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I really loved the wood-cuts.
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Sebastian Brant (also Brandt) was an Alsatian humanist and satirist.He first attracted attention in humanistic circles by his Latin poetry, and edited many ecclesiastical and legal works; but he is now only known by his famous satire, Das Narrenschiff.
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The Ship of Fools, Volume 1 Das Narrenschiff: Nach Der Erstausgabe (Basel 1494) Mit Den Zus Tzen Der Ausgaben Von 1495 Und 1499 Sowie Den Holzschnitten Der Deutsche Das Narrenschiff Von Sebastian Brant, Nebst Dessen Freiheitstafel (1839) The Ship of Fools: Volume First The Ship of Fools: Volume First

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