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Faust: Der Tragödie Zweiter Teil (Goethe's Faust #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  3,643 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Der erste Teil ist fast ganz subjektiv; es ist alles aus einem befangeneren, leidenschaftlicheren Individuum hervorgegangen, welche Halbdunkel den Menschen auch so wohl tun mag. Im zweiten Teile aber ist fast gar nichts subjektives, es erscheint hier eine höhere breitere, hellere, leidenschaftslosere Welt, und wer sich nicht etwas umgetan und einiges erlebt hat, wird nicht ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published February 4th 1986 by Reclam, Ditzingen (first published 1832)
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Daria Bejan
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A cerceta şi a cunoaşte la lumina zilei e un fleac
Misterele adevărate-n întuneric zac."
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
Er so according to Wikipedia, "Appreciation of the work often requires an extensive knowledge of Greek mythology, and it is arguably one of the most difficult works of world literature."

Eh. No. Cmon. Is that a joke? This is 1000% more accessible than anything by James Joyce, John Milton, and dozens of other writers. Even a rudimentary knowledge of classical myth & lit will make this readable.

Didn't enjoy it as much as Part 1, though. This is defs more sophisticated, to be sure... but it lack
Priscila Jordão
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alemã
Para os leitores médios como eu, isto é, aqueles não versados em crítica literária ou profundos conhecedores da mitologia greco-romana, a segunda parte do Fausto de Goethe é potencialmente irritante.

Quem se aventura por esse monumental segundo volume, bastante grosso na edição bilíngue da Editora 34, provavelmente teve sua curiosidade atiçada pela primeira parte da tragédia, mais curta e que condensa altas doses de dramaticidade própria do romantismo alemão em um período histórico bem definido.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dok prvi (i opštepoznati) deo "Fausta" znam gotovo napamet, moram priznati da sam drugi tek sada pročitala po prvi put. Trenutni utisak je moguće svesti na sledeće reči:"drugačije. Klasično, jednako impresivno, ali, DRUGAČIJE". Prvi deo je (barem meni lično) i dalje upečatljiviji, snažniji, tragičniji. Drugi predstavlja Geteovu erudiciju na delu, sintezu svih elemenata antike, kako po galeriji njenih ličnosti koje uvodi, tako i po stilu, stihu, ideji...odnosno, načinu na koji je izvedena. Zahtev ...more
E.A. Bucchianeri
Goethe's "Faust" is arguably the most important milestone in Romantic literature. Taking the famous medieval legend of Dr. Faustus and his pact with the devil, Goethe adapted the tale of old, and transformed it into a great love story, and a probing poetical tract on the nature of good and evil, salvation and damnation, failing and striving, the innate search for truth and lasting fulfilment.

After his tragic love affair with Margareta in Part One, Faust is mystically restored by a band of elvin
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, poetry, plays
It is no accident that there are many literary figures that are built on this classic. Be it Don Quixote or Don Juan, they all share the same over achieving characters that Faust desperately tries to. He goes as far as committing suicide in search of a moment of true bliss.

He takes on an adventure with the Devil after making a wager. What follows is romance, tragedy, heartbreak and adventure. The interesting twist is the Devil himself has made a bet with the angels so he moves with an agenda of
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Part II is as strange and anomalous as everyone makes it out to be, yet it inexplicably provides a logical continuation of the major themes of the first part with emphasis on the macro rather than the micro. In the Walpurgis Night of Part I Faust is distracted by a Medusa creature who resembles his beloved Gretchen, and Mephistopheles pulls him away, remarking “Each thinks her his sweetheart.” And then in Part II he develops obsession for Helen of Troy (as the personification of beauty itself), ...more
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
I think that the title is a bit misleading - it makes one expect "Faust, Part Two" to be the sequel to "Faust, Part One". Instead, this reads more like "The New Faust: Containing an Emperor of Much Import and Lavish Greek Settings".

The play opens with Faust getting his memory wiped by a fairy - so he no longer remembers the tragic end met by his lover, or pretty much anything that he previously did, except that he had the devil by his side.

For reasons unknown to me, he goes to the Emperor's cour
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Faust II is in der Tat einer der schwersten literarischen Texte, die man lesen kann.

Ich hab die Reclam-Version gelesen mit den dazugehörigen "Erläuterungen und Dokumente" und bei Gott, dass muss man auch, ansonsten würde man nicht mal 1/3 des Textes verstehen.

Was mich wirklich gestört hat ist die Tatsache, dass die Geschichte nur zum Teil Faust involvierte. Meistens folgte man Mephisto, was einerseits gut, aber andererseits schlecht ist. In einem Stück namens Faust möchte man mehr über den Chara
Marcos Junior
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A raiz de toda destruição do século XX, e que ainda perdura em vários lugares, está no homem Fáustico, que realiza um pacto com o mal para ter liberdade de perseguir seus desejos. Toda intervenção mágica de Mefistófeles pode ser representado pelo extraordinário avanço tecnológico, que deu ao superhomem sem limites morais o poder para subjugar o mundo e realizar seus sonhos. A tese de Goethe é que o mal se encontra a serviço do bem e por isso Fausto é salvo no final pela intervenção da Virgem Mar ...more
I read this a long, long time ago and to be honest I didn't understand it all. Probably because the book deals with subjects that are unknown to me like Greek mythology. I really look forward to reading it again and maybe even understand it this time!
Robert Sheppard
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is universally revered as one of the great immortal geniuses of World Literature, and his great classic "Faust," the epic drama of the scholar's pact with the devil that has come to embody the spirit of the West and its fated love affair with limitless knowledge and technology, is ofte
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Al doilea volum îl depăşeşte pe primul atât în tensiunea dramatică, cât şi în ceea ce priveşte numeroasele referinţe mitologice. Faust e purtat aici prin timp şi spaţiu în câteva scene consistente, în care Goethe a reînviat şi renuanţat sute de făpturi mitice, dar şi zeităţi ale Antichităţii greceşti.

"Şi-nchei cu tâlcu-nţelepciunii mele:
E demn de libertate şi viaţă
Doar cel ce zilnic luptă pentru ele."

Sfârşitul emblematicului vrăjitor e adumbrit de confruntarea dintre făpturile demonice din Iad
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very funny book. From a chattering brilliant mind. ...funny and brilliant as Melville.

I am reading this right now. It is hilarious, insane, wonderful. well not insane at all, just the mix/ meeting of the classical gods, pre-classical gods and our paltry contemporary icons coming together.

Deep quest of life meeting myths of life jambalaya. Sphinxes and ants and the devil all talk to each other. Everyone is invited to dinner. Just think of all your smartest craziest friends getting toge
Perry Whitford
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second and concluding part of Goethe's Faust, written years after the first part, is a very different play altogether. Faustus is now an eminent figure, a person of influence in the Emperor's court. But he is still unfulfilled, and the condition of the state is similarly parlous.

Mistrusted and feared by all but invaluable for the services their magic can bring, Faustus and Mephistopheles rescue the state from bankruptcy by promising to deliver gold from beneath the earth, but instead introd
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play is tough. the toughest thing I ever read that I still plan on reading it again in order to actually understand it.

You need concentration, you need skill and you need tricks up your brain in order to fully understand and know how to read this play.

However I loved it. Again this book is filled with laughs, tragedy, eroticism, magic and even a bit of science fiction.

unbelievably interwoven one more time with the adventures of Faust and Mephisto.

This time going beyond what is a genre.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
nie wieder!

Strange ending Goethe chose for his masterpiece drama, not sure I fully adhere to his choice of the "Eternal Feminine" but the magnitude of it and the rest of the poem deserve its praise.
أحمد شاكر
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مسرحية
(الفصل الأول)
وتبدأ الحياة الجديدة في قصر الامبراطور حيث ينعقد مجلس الدولة برئاسة الامبراطور للنظر في مشاكل الامبراطورية. ويجلس الامبراطور علي كرسي العرش يحيط به كوكبة من رجال البلاط، وعن يمينه يجلس المنجم.
ويمثل مفستوفيلس أمام الامبراطور الضعيف الارادة، الذي ليس له رغبة أو قدرة علي إدارة الامبراطورية، وقد شاع فيها الفساد، وعم النقص في كل شيء: في المال، والانتاج الزراعي والحيواني.
ويدور جدل بين الوزراء والامبراطور ويشارك فيه مفستوفيلس، حول توفير المال اللازم للامبراطورية. حيث يقترح مفستوفيلس استخرا
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a let down. After Faust’s descent and hint of redemption after Part 1, this just goes off the rails for no obvious reason. Goethe treats the Gretchen storyline like an afterthought and moves Faust though time and geography in a strange hodgepodge of settings. From Gothic throne rooms to Greek palaces, Faust now advises kings and leads armies. Faust becomes a the thing of which legends are born. Even going so far as falling in love with the mythic Helen of Troy.

In the end, Faust Part 2 i
Okay, to be completely honest, I probably would have given this book two stars up until the very end. It was a tough read for me, probably because it's all in poetry and there are so many characters to keep track of. But the ending changed everything. I realized that this book is very much a book about redemption. It really is only through the Lord that we can be saved.
Sherelyn Ernst
I read both part 1 and part 2 and it was REALLY tough going. Maybe I would have appreciated it more in German, which I couldn't do. I'm glad I read it but plan to never read it again. I clearly missed a major something because I can't figure out why it is supposed to be such a good book.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as part one.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
3,5 stars
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatrum-mundi
Definitively this second part of the tragedy is no easy reading. It is one the most complex literary works I have ever read full of references to Greek mythology. It is not very easy to follow and I had a hard time to recall some details of the highschool lectures around Ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

The premise is not so easy to identify, as in the first part. Mainly because apparently there is no conflict and Goethe seems to do nothing but describe a fantastical world, populated by mythica
Nathan Hillyer
If anyone is going to embark on Faust (1 or 2) translated by David Luke, one probably couldn't do better by the translation itself. It flows easily in a contemporary sense, and Luke gives a convincing explanation of his rule of verse. The humor is not lost, and the simple beauty is conveyed well. However, Luke's introduction is almost mind-melting. In the 2nd part, it is 85 pages of disjointed explanation of Geothe's fragmented compilation of changing directions and attitudes towards the complet ...more
Ronald Morton
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***This review pertains to the David Luke translation***

I have to acknowledge that I was slightly hesitant to read Part Two. Here's why:

1. Luck goes out of his way to discuss the competing critical theories surrounding Part Two (it's a mess vs. it's entirely as Goethe intended) in his introduction to Part One. Pretty much just because - it's almost an aside and then he continues discussion Part One. There's no good reason to discuss it where he does, it's almost like he's getting it out of the w
Während den ersten Teil der Tragödie zu lesen mich in meiner nur noch latent vorhandenen Überzeugung der Genialität Goethes neu überzeugt hat, hinterlässt der zweite Teil des Faust gemischtere Gefühle. Inhaltlich wie sprachlich ist dies ein sehr verworrenes Machwerk, dessen Wert zu erkennen so schwer ist, dass ich auch mehr als eine Woche nach dem Lesen des letzten Verses mich immer noch nicht in der Lage sehe, eine "Sterne-Bewertung" abzugeben.
Faust I. ist persönlich, Faust II. allumfassend. Es
Elliott Bignell
Reviewing in English for consistency with my backlog.

Once again, I feel that I am committing lése-majesté in not giving Goethe all five stars, so let me start by saying what is great about this great work: The language is beautiful, as fine as you will find in the German language. It is highly demanding of the vocabulary, so you'll need to be a native speaker or functionally bilingual to really follow it, and even native-speaking scholars are still debating what it all actually means. It also re
Gopal Vijayaraghavan
After dooming Gretchen to her death, the journey of Faust continues in the company Mephisto. They help the emperor in distress.Action shifts to the ends of ocean. Greek Mythology blends with the tale of Paust. The immortal Helen is brought back to life and light. But brief joys must be the lot of Faust and Helen as woes overwhelm. The magic wears of and Helen again descends into Hades. Faust and Mephisto help the emperor who faces rebellion with their witchcraft to win back his kingdom. In the b ...more
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer. George Eliot called him "Germany's greatest man of letters... and the last true polymath to walk the earth." Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe's other well-known literary works include h ...more
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