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Iwein by Hartmann von Aue
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Jan 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: arthurian, medieval-literature, myth-legend-saga-etc
Read on January 10, 2011

Note: As with the translation of Erec, I didn't actually read J.W. Thomas' translation, but his is likely to be good, in my experience.

Iwein is a translation/reinterpretation of Chrétien de Troyes' Yvain, with a significant amount of lines added, though the plot is more or less the same. The tone seems to me very much like that of Chrétien, and unless you have a scholarly interest in comparing them, I suggest that you just read one or the other. I don't think there's much between them -- I think perhaps I prefer Hartmann, but possibly because I've just read Hartmann's work, and it's been a while since I've read Chrétien's. In any case, Hartmann is a good writer; certainly not less skilled than Chrétien, though perhaps not so innovative.
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