Anton Reiser: A Psychological Novel (Penguin Classics)
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Well received in its own day and all but forgotten in the last century, Anton Reiser (1785) has regained in our century the popular attention it richly merits. Subtitled a "psychological novel" by its author, who also called it a biography, the work is actually a highly authentic autobiography. The work is singular for two reasons, the first being its perspective. Moritz w...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 400 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1785)
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Neglect and spite from others, bad luck, and a touch of self conscious vanity from within. Reiser can't catch a break, the recurring misfortunes are relentless, so much that it's a bit of a comedy. Very monotonous reading, 500 pgs (in my edition) of alternating potential happiness and disappointment over mundane events like school and work. The frequent recurrence of certain words and phrases that introduce negative clauses, or adjectives referring to dispair or disappointment, again, hint at a...more
Es ist die Biografie eines Jugendlichen namens Anton Reiser. Anton hat viel Erniedrigung im Hause seiner Eltern erfahren müssen, dabei ist er ein sehr um Anerkennung bemühter Mensch. Auf Wunsch seines Vaters geht er in die Lehre bei einem Hutmacher, scheitert dort aber. In dieser Zeit entdeckt er seine Liebe zur Religion. Daheim will er sich den Wunsch erfüllen, zu studieren. Gegen den Willen seines Vaters.

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Not easy to get through -- definitely monotonous at times because of the seemingly endless procession of woes the protagonist struggles through -- but I was glad to have hung with it by the end, because of the author's increasingly apparent ability to adopt a critical and intelligent but kind and even humorous attitude toward his younger self. The glimpses into life in late 18th c. Germany are also really fascinating, and, in this context the woes become less purposelessly monotonous than realis...more
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I LOVED this novel. I read it for a class and I don't know if its still in print but I thought it was a fantastically written account of what feudal society was like in Germany. This is a totally fascinating trip through the life of one man as he tries to change his station in life in a time when it was nigh impossible to do so. Read in a modern context its almost comedic it is so tragic and when I read it there were parts where I just had to laugh (and was sorely reprimanded by my professor who...more
"Lesen Sie Anton Reiser von Moritz. Es ist eines der größten Bücher, die es gibt, unendlich traurig ... "
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A German author, editor and essayist of the Sturm und Drang, late enlightenment, and classicist periods, influencing early German Romanticism as well. He led a life as a hatter's apprentice, teacher, journalist, literary critic, professor of art and linguistics, and member of both of Berlin's academies.
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Travels in England in 1782 El Nuevo Libro Del Abecedario/ the New Alphabet Book Reisen eines Deutschen in Italien in den Jahren 1786 bis 1788 Andreas Hartknopf Sämtliche Werke: Moritz, Karl Ph., Bd.1 : Anton Reiser, 2 Tle.: Bd 1

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