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Till Eulenspiegel: His Adventures

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Till Eulenspiegel is the most famous German folk hero, a roving jester whose exploits, translated into dozens of languages, and influencing composers such as Richard Strauss, have fascinated and delighted millions for nearly five hundred years. This is the first translation of the earliest known complete edition of 1515, with interpolations from previous fragments. Its int ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 30th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1510)
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While many if not even most Germans are likely at least familiar with the folk hero (jester, trickster) figure of Till Eulenspiegel (and might even have read some of the sanitised, more child friendly versions, penned by say, Erich Kästner), most (unless versed in 15th century satire and folk literature or having taken courses on such at university) will probably not be as familiar with Hermann Bote's original (that is to say if Till Euelenspiegel was, indeed, penned by Bote, as the question of ...more
Matt
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Everyone in Germany knows Till Eulenspiegel. At least the name is familiar, as it became the source of the word Eulenspiegelei (that’s Eu·len·spie·ge·lei, not Eu·len·spie·gel·ei which is something entirely different). Probably not many people have read the original Eulenspiegel though, the one allegedly written by Herman Bote and published in 1510 under the title Ein kurtzweilig lesen von Dyl Vlenspiegel geboren vß dem land zů Brunßwick. Wie er sein leben volbracht hatt .xcvi. seiner geschicht
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Als M. eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er seinen Usernamen zu einem ungeheuren Ungeziefer verwandelt
Ein durchs Land streunender Schalk, der alle zum Narren hält, indem er Befehle/Ratschläge etc. streng wortwörtlich ausführt - eigentlich hört sich das vielversprechend an und lässt auf zahlreiche skurrile Situationen mit kreativen Pointen hoffen. Leider ist der Großteil der "Streiche" absoluter Fäkalhumor - unser quirliger Held entlädt sich rachsüchtig in Schubläden, Dachrinnen, Hinterhöfen oder verfeinert so auch Gerichte/Getränke unbescholtener Mitbürger und macht sich dann aus dem Staub. Das ...more
Illberto
An airless knave jingles through medieval germany and gives impertinent lessons served as coarse pranks. Notorious Eulenspiegel gives his contemporaries a taste of there own medicine with a dollop of shit.
The owglass is a constant admonition to reflect about our morals and manners therefor this is a timeless book with great pleasure for those with earthly humor.

Monty Ashley
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Till Eulenspiegel is best known, if at all, for being the inspiration behind Richard Strauss's "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks". The original stories aren't really "merry pranks," but they're surprisingly hard to get in English. Since they date from at least 1515, you'd think a public domain version would be available on the Internet, but so many of them involve poop that they tend to be heavily censored.

So I eventually got this edition, which is sufficiently scholarly to include translations
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Alexandra Paula
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ein Schalk ohnegleichen...
Christopher
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
European trickster tales. Eulenspiegel wanders around Europe and fools people any which way: taking them too literally, lying to them, abusing their trust, and so on. Typically, he comes to town, gets a job as an apprentice or makes a plan to grift someone, ruins things for someone as a lark, and leaves town. Often, it's not very clever or strange--more like a word of caution that people can be dishonest. But occasionally Eulenspiegel does show some insight, cleverness, or very rarely a sense of ...more
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