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Faust: Der Tragödie Erster Teil (Goethe's Faust #1)

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Goethe schrieb über 60 Jahre an seinem "Faust" und nannte "diese sehr ernsten Scherze" am Ende sein "Hauptgeschäft": Dabei entstand eines der großartigsten und gleichzeitig komplexesten Werke der Weltliteratur.(Amazon)
Paperback, 135 pages
Published 1986 by Reclam (first published 1808)
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Daniel Cheng Given that it's a translation of a work written in verse, different versions will be extremely different based on the translator's goals and…moreGiven that it's a translation of a work written in verse, different versions will be extremely different based on the translator's goals and competency. I'm currently reading the Oxford World Classics version by David Luke. I've heard that Walter Kaufmann's translation is good as well, but he abridged the second part and I wanted to read the entire text by the same translator.(less)

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Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is not a review.

I cannot attempt to write a review of Goethe's Faust. It is a much too personal experience, growing with each time I reread it. Since high school, I have been thinking at least five times:

"This is the perfect Goethe moment, his work is written for ME, NOW, it can't get any better, deeper, or any more satisfying."

Well, apparently it can. After maybe three or four years, I picked up Faust again, and found that I had finally grown up enough to identify with his most famous quo
First impression: Goethe could write his tuckus off. Rarely have I encountered prose that commingles in such bounty the trifecta of being, at once, gorgeous to the eye, imbued with passion and saturated with depth and meaning. Faust has all three and I was pulled into the seductive narrative from the momentous opening (wonderfully titled “Prologue from Heaven”) through the final dramatic climax.

I must briefly pause here to add a qualifier to my comments which relate to the version I experienced
I read Johann Goethe's Faust in English and partially in German during a college course many years ago. It had a huge impact on me as a person and me as a writer. Due to it being somewhat "out there," I held back a full 5 rating; however, I cannot stress how much this book makes you think. Beware, it's a little heavy on the literary side, but it's still worth a read, even if you just read the first portion. That said, 4 out of 5 stars...

Detailed Review(about 1/3 of a paper I wrote about it a few
Preface & Notes
Translator's Note
The Writing of 'Faust'
Further Reading

--Faust, Part I

Ahmad Sharabiani
Faust: First Part (Goethe's Faust #1), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Peter Salm (Translator)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two. Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Faust is considered by many to be Goethe's magnum opus and the greatest work of German literature.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یازدهم ماه می سال 1991 میلادی
بخش نخست با مقدم
Norah Una Sumner
A summary:


Mephistopheles: Yeah,sure thing bro,but before you do that I want to take you to this weird pub,hook you up with a minor whom you'll knock up & make you attend a completely pointless annual witch ball.Sounds good?

Faust: You had me at "hook up with a minor",bro.
Dear friend, all theory is gray, and green the golden tree of life.

What else to say? Towering as an archetype, akin to Hamlet, the Inferno and White Whale -- this tale of pact has been absorbed into a our cultural bones, like an isotope. It is more telling to consider that I listened to Tavener while reading this. I recently gave Pandora a spin but found that I owned more Schnittke than was afforded by my"station" but if I leave such, will I miss those Penn Station ads?

I will say that I should'v
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
There's something discomforting about the vague moral convictions of Goethe's Faust character. One would assume, that even a scholar living in Goethe's time would find the typical preoccupations of Christian morality somewhat boring, if not basically delusional and overzealous. After all, the cacophony of self-doubt racing through his mind is not initially brought on by anything that resembles religious guilt. He's a man plagued by the hermetic stuffiness of a lifestyle of perpetual deep thought ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faust by Goethe was the very first book (apart from textbooks, of course) I ever put my hands on. It was assigned to me when I was in middle school for my Spanish class. I know it's a German play, but the teacher was encouraging us to read by asking the whole classroom to donate a book for the course, put it in a box with the others and then randomly pick up one of them each month — now that I think of it, the teacher should have payed more attention to the books we brought, since I don't think  ...more
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goethe’s Faust is a novel rich in metaphor, elaborate verse, imagery, depth, and meaning that not only employs symbolic characters and scenes, but also through such literary techniques weaves its main philosophy of striving and experience as mankind’s rightful path.

Ironically, Faust reveals his disapproval for books as a true source of knowledge in understanding the world; we must turn to life and living, and experience instead. I call this ironic because while he denounces books, Faust is a bo
Not since watching Breaking Bad have I been so enthralled by a man's descent into depravity.
Lyoness ♌
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Hat mir besser gefallen als erwartet, obwohl manche Stellen wirklich unnötig in die Länge gezogen wurden.
Dass sich fast alles gereimt hat, ist schon beeindruckend.
Najla Hammad
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من أجمل ماقرأت من المسرحيات ! تعد هذه المسرحية من أعظم الأعمال في الأدب الألماني.
عن فاوست العالِم الذي يحب أن يتعلم كل شيء (وهو بالمناسبة شخصية حقيقية ذكرت في كثير من القصص الأوروبية القديمة)، يتعاقد مع الشيطان على شرط ثم تحصل بعدها أحداث كثيرة ممتعة بنكهة شيطانية
الشيطان مفستوفيليس هنا حكيم ومضحك في أحيان كثيرة
كتب جوته الجزء الأول من المسرحية ثم تبعها بالجزء الثاني بعد أكثر من 20 سنة! لم اقرأ الجزء الثاني بعد، وأرجو أن يكون في مستوى الجزء الأول أو أفضل منه.
قرأتها بترجمة عبدالرحمن بدوي
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Sitting on the shelf with the children of Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton and Coleridge, Goethe's Faust is amazing in its poetry and depth. There are parts of this play/poem which seem to capture the whole drama of Man's fall and redemption within a single rhyming couplet. David Constantine's translation modernizes this amazing piece of High German lit, but George Madison Priest's translation seems, at least to me, to have a more seductive flow and more tempting poetry.
Duffy Pratt
Who knew that this book, one of the most famous in literature, was actually two separate works that seem only slightly related? I certainly didn't. The first part is a fairly ordinary play that gets dunked in profundity through the inclusion of Mephistopheles. There are only a few main characters here, and there wasn't much depth to any of them. I've heard that the German is tremendously good, but it's impossible for me to judge. I switched back and forth in this part between two different trans ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Sterne.

Sehr kurzweilige Faustadaption. Habe wirklich viel gelacht und es auch in einem Schwung verschlungen. Mit den typischen Comicelementen wurde hervorragend herumgespielt und sprachlich wurde Goethe ziemlich geschickt eingebunden.
Trotzdem bleibt bei mir der Eindruck haften, dass man doch etwas mehr aus Goethes Vorlage hätte machen können. Also keine volle Punktzahl, aber sehr dicht dran.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics

„Was glänzt ist für den Augenblick geboren; Das Echte bleibt der Nachwelt unverloren.”

Olivia-Savannah  Roach
This was assigned reading for university.

I was quite confused and disconnected from the play as I read it. Although I did understand and could follow what was happening, I was lost as to the relevance of the play. I did not enjoy reading it.

But then I continued on to analysing the play and studying it - and there was where I discovered its worth, the themes it discusses and could appreciate the wit and aim of the play more. But it still couldn't be counted as an enjoyable or very enlightening
Michael Finocchiaro
Goethe's Faust, particularly the first part is one of the monuments of western literature. The characters of Mephisto, Faust and Margarite and unforgettable. It has, of course inspired operas from Berlioz to Busoni and books writers such as Thomas Mann. It was actually adapted from an earlier version by Christopher Marlowe but Goethe's version is even more sinister and lifelike. a Must!
Boy…this is very dramatic, isn’t it?
❄ Pixelflocke ❄
Proktophantasmist. Mein neues Lieblingsschimpfwort.






Philosophy, blasphemy, sorcery, seduction, murder and orgy–oh my!

So at the roaring loam of time
I weave the godhead’s living garment.

I didn’t have the kind of education in which this book was required reading - not that I ever really bothered to read whatever was required anyway. And failing to remember “Goethe” in answer to an IQ question 10 years ago has ever since bothered me to some degree or another. But if such things were in the works to ensure that when I did read this book I would be mos
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, translated
Tricksters make this world...

Lord to Mephisto: "And never come but finding fault always? Never a thing on earth gives you content?"

The first conversation between the Lord and Mephisto begins with Mephisto's discontentment towards people in earth. He cannot understand the disparity between humans. The discontentment isn't really a discontentment but inability to accept the things the way they are. Isn't that ambition all about? He doesn't say that out loud but its given to him as an answer by the
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Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, deutschland
Ich verstehe ja sehr wenig vom Genre Graphic Novel, aber alles, was ich in diesem Bereich in letzter Zeit gelesen habe, hat mir gut gefallen.

Faust von Flix transportiert das uralte Thema der Versuchung des Menschen durch Mephisto in das 21. Jahrhundert. Diese Idee ist an und für sich schon sehr genial und außerordentlich gelungen: sehr modern, glaubwürdig und konsistent umgesetzt.

Die moderne Eventagentur Happy Life schließt zur Wunscherfüllung mit dem Klienten, genannt Opfer, einen Vertrag in de
Beka Adamashvili
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
ზოგ ეპიზოდში ისეთი მშვენიერი იყო, რომ წამი შეყოვნდა :3
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مردانی اندک شمار که چیزی دانسته اند و آنقدر دیوانه بوده اند که راز آنرا در درون دل نهفته ندارند ،کسانی که عواطف خود را و نظرات خود را بر توده ها کشف کرده اند، در هر عصری به صلیب کشیده و سوزانده شده اند.
فاوست - گوته
أحمد شاكر
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مسرحية
فاوست الأول

ـ الاستهلال المسرحي:
ويجري الحوار في هذا الاستهلال المسرحي (لفاوست) بين الشاعر من جهة وبين مدير المسرح والشخص المرح من جهة أخري. ويطلب هذان الآخيران إلي الشاعر أن يؤلف مسرحية ترضي ذوق الجمهور كيما يزداد دخل المسرح من المال، بينما الشاعر يشيح بوجهه عن هذا الاتجاه المادي.
الافتتاح في السماء:
وفعلا تبدأ مسرحية (فاوست) لجيته من السماء، وهي الوحيدة من بين المسرحيات التي تدور حول فاوست وتبدأ من السماء. ذلك لأن الفكرة الرئيسية التي جعلها جيتة محورا لتصوره لمأساة فاوست هي فكرة الرهان بين الله و
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I read the Randall Jarrell translation which I couldn't find on Goodreads. I liked Jerrell's prose translations, but the verse lines... yeesh. Riding the rhyming struggle bus. It hurt.

I don’t know what it is about German literature. I won’t say I like all German literature- Christa Wolf and Joseph Roth are painfully boring- but I definitely like a disproportionate amount compared to non-German lit. I don’t know what it is about their way of looking at the world, but many, many German-language
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