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Peter Schlemihl Etc

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Paperback, 80 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Echo Library (first published 1813)
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Arthur
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gays and immigrants
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huzeyfe
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kisa ama etkileyici bir kitap. Hem oykunun kendisi hem de dili cok akici oldugundan bir cipida okuyabileceginiz bir kitap. Iki yuz yil once yazilmis bir oyku ama isledigi konu insan ve seytan arasindaki amansiz mucadele oldugu icin guncelligini her zaman koruyacak bir kitap.
Oziel Bispo
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Escrito em 1813 , esse livro conta a história de Peter Schlemihl que faz um acordo com um estranho homem, trocando sua sombra por uma bolsa com ouro infinito. Com o passar do tempo ele descobre que fez uma péssima troca pois apesar de se tornar muito rico , Peter passa a ser ridicularizado e odiado por não ter sombra,e também é visto como amaldiçoado por todos os níveis da sociedade, não conseguindo usufruir da sua riqueza pois poderia comprar tudo o que quisesse, menos sua aceitação pela socied ...more
M. Sarki
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why Italo Calvino liked this book so much. Perhaps there was not too much to read at the time and he was desperate for anything. I am not a fan of Peter Wortsman either any longer as I feel he takes too many liberties in his translations. These writers would not speak as Wortsman has them speak. Plus, they would not as well be creeps and sexual deviants such as he has a tendency to become in his own writings composed around the urinal.
Roger Brunyate
An Autobiographical Faust

I came upon this intriguing novella, scarcely more than 100 pages, in a handsome paperback by OneWorld Classics, and could not help buying it. I had admired the author, Adalbert von Chamisso, as the poet of Schumann's song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben; I quickly saw that the translation by Leopold von Loewenstein-Wertheim was clear and direct, while preserving the period diction; the novella was written in 1813. And indeed it is a clear product of German Romanticism, the
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Czarny Pies
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-lit
Peter Schlemihl is a young man at the beginning of the tale. He travels to a new city where he intends to start his career. He is dazzling by the milieu that he wishes to enter. Hoping to acquire the means to to make a favourable impression he agrees to sell his shadow in exchange for infinite wealth. In his haste he fails to grasp that he is making a deal with the devil. The infinite wealth indeed makes him the subject of great adulation. However, Schlemihl cannot show himself in daylight as pe ...more
Gale
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Price--a Shadow?

Young Peter Schlemiel, marveling at the prodigal purse of a gray stranger he meets at a millionaire's party, eagerly agrees to trade his shadow (well--it's nothing substantial, so why worry?) in return for limitless wealth. Too naive to understand that he has no conception of the true value of an object so intangible, God's fool discovers to his deep sorrow that he's made a hellish bargain. He is soon shunned as a man accursed by all levels of society. The one thing he can n
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Grace Harwood
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a tiny novella and it will take you no time at all to read, and yet it is so worth reading just to learn about the author's own feelings of exile and insubstantial state. He was, he felt, to all, an outsider; and the shadowless man, Peter Schlemihl, the unfortunate fool who sells his shadow to the grey man in exchange for a bottomless purse, comes to represent himself: "And so the idea of the lost shadow came to stand in Chamisso's mind as a symbol for a man without recognized backg ...more
Uyuyan Adam
May 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yüzeysel, basit bir Faust öyküsü. Gölgesini sınırsız zenginlik karşılığında satan bir adamın pişmanlığı ve kaybettikleri. Daha çok basit bir masal, bir mesel havasında, etkilemeden geçip gidiyor. Belki yazıldığı yıllara göre başarılı diyeceğim ama erken 19. yüzyıl başı Alman edebiyatının bundan fersah fersah ileri olduğu aşikar.

Nina
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started reading it, I couldn't let it go off my hand. I must confess that I read it because I needed it for faculty and otherwise, I don't think I would have done that, especially that the title didn't seem captivating enough. But the story itself is very captivating. Even from the first lines when Chamisso tells how he got in possession of Peter Schlemihl's letters is interesting. But most of all, the theme. How the devil appears to the character under the image of an innocent, old man w ...more
Perihan
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ve sen sevgili dostum,
Eğer insanların içinde huzurlu yaşamak istersen gölgene bile paradan daha çok önem vermeyi öğren."
Tam 200 yıl önce yazılmış bir kitap. Ama sanki bugün yazılmış gibi GÜNCEL ve TAZE...

İnsanın, hırsları ve şeytan ile olan savaşı , alış verişi bu kadar iyi anlatılamazdı belki de...

"Sevgili dostum,insan bir kere düşüncesizlik edip doğru yoldan ayrılırsa, onu hep aşağıya, daha aşağıya çeken başka yollara da sapar..." ( Peter Schleminhl'in Olağanüstü Hikayesi, sayfa 64)
Nasıl gü
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Peri Kitapları
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ve sen sevgili dostum,
Eğer insanların içinde huzurlu yaşamak istersen gölgene bile paradan daha çok önem vermeyi öğren."

Tam 200 yıl önce yazılmış bir kitap. Ama sanki bugün yazılmış gibi GÜNCEL ve TAZE...
İnsanın, hırsları ve şeytan ile olan savaşı , alış verişi bu kadar iyi anlatılamazdı belki de... Peki bu olağanüstü hikayede şeytana neyini satmış olabilir Peter?


Bu sorunun cevabı kitabın kapağında saklı!
Ashley Cox
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this novella. On the heels of Faust, I was hoping for something a little ... happier ..., but this is after all German Literature and they are known for their tragedies. In a nutshell, Peter make a deal with the 'gray man' and essentially trades his shadow for gold and so begins his journey. His shadow, his soul, and a pair of seven league boots - Chamisso's book is not a bad choice if you want a surprisingly quick and thought provoking read!
Miriam
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miriam by: Manybooks
Shelves: fantasy
Now I have to read this and try to figure out if it influenced The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
Jonathan
A valuable fable concerning the corrupting influence of greed and vanity.
Tim
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Etwas vom Besten, was ich bisher im Reclam-Verlag gelesen habe. Ein Pakt mit dem Teufel - ähnlich der Schwarzen Spinne von Jeremias Gotthelf - wunderbar und kurzweilig dargelegt. Von Chamisso beweist bereits um 1820, dass die deutsche Sprache an Vielfältigkeit kaum zu überbieten ist.
Vatroslav Herceg
Izdanje u kojem je pročitana ova knjiga tiskano je 1987. od strane Sveučilišne naklade Liber. Josip Tabak je preveo "Petra" s njemačkog originala. Naslovnica je sjajno dizajnirana, sinkretizira cvjetne ornamente s crnilom veličanstvene noći. Kul su crteži Đenane Voljevice-Čičić, podsjećaju na ekspresionističke filmove.
Prvo izdanje ove knjige je objavljeno 1814. u vremenima jedne davno minule Europe.
Prijevod je izvrstan. U jezičnom smislu ova knjiga donosi među ostalim jedan danas zaboravljeni e
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Ron
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Vordergründig ist diese Erzählung nur eine weitere Variante des bekannten Märchenmotivs vom Handel mit teuflischen Mächten, das gerade in der Romantik weit verbreitet war und jeden Kenner deutscher Literatur natürlich sofort den Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil in den Sinn kommen lässt. Wenn man aber genauer hinschaut, so handelt es sich eigentlich um eine Parabel über den Verlust und die anschließende Suche nach der eigenen Identität. Der Schatten, etwas scheinbar substanzloses und ein leicht ve ...more
Viktoria
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2011
Peter Schlemihl verkauft gegen eine Goldsäckel, das unendlich Gold gibt, seinen Schatten und verliert dadurch den Anschluss zur Gesellschaft.
Die Erzählung von 1814 nimmt zahlreiche Märchen- und Sagenmotive auf, wie z.B. den Teufel oder zumindest eine sehr ähnliche Figur und eine Paktschließung mit ihm. So wird die Erzählung sehr märchenhaft. Gleichzeitig schreibt Chamisso die Geschichte sehr komisch. Schnelle und gute Lektüre für Zwischendurch.
Virginia Milletti
Il libro è carino, breve ma carino. Si nota che è stato scritto per dilettare dei bambini grazie al frequente uso di elementi fantastici, dovuto anche alla presenza del maligno. Sebbene vengano trattati anche temi poco
vicini ai bambini, come differenza tra valore morale, etica e ricchezza.
Una lettura piacevole che ricorda "Il maestro e Margherita".
Yerik
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diese Ausgabe von Reclam ist besonders gut denn es enthält einige erklärende Briefe von Chamisso an Freunde und auch vorrede der originalen Ausgabe. Die Vorrede von Jul. Ed. Hitzigs war für mich sehr erleuchtend denn er erwähnt kürzlich die physiche eigenschaften davon, was wir "Schatten" nennen.
Diese Parallelismus kann zur moralischen Gebiet transponiert werden, und gibt viel zu denken.
Cem Binbir
İlginç başlayıp sıradan biten bir hikayeydi. Potansiyelini kullanamadığını düşünüyorum.
Xiaoping
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!
Cemressa
Keyifle okuduğum, masalsı bir öyküydü. Der ki: Ve sen sevgili dostum, eğer insanların arasında yaşamak istiyorsan, gölgene bile paradan daha çok değer vermeyi öğren.
Suidpunt
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deutsch
So vandag het ek probeer lees aan die Kindle-weergawe, terwyl ek die LibriVox-voorlesing in my ore het. Omdat ek deesdae maklik buikpyne kry as ek te lank voor 'n rekenaarskerm staar, het ek oorgeskakel na 'n bloedrooi "Heath's Modern Language Series" uit my boekrak. Op my pens op die bed. Die boekie dateer iewers uit die 1930's tot 1950's. Die Duits in hierdie boekie gebruik nog die Frakturschrift, maar die notas is natuurlik in Amerikaanse Engels, soos ingevoer deur die Suid-Afrikaanse owerhed ...more
Barby
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenía que leer y analizar un cuento para mi clase de Literatura Italiana en el que el protagonista conoce a un hombre llamado Peter Schlemihl. Tras saber su nombre le dice "Usted no puede llamarse así, existe un único Peter Schlemihl, es un invento de Chamisso, y usted lo sabe perfectamente". Fue así que hice un parate en la lectura y por las dudas busqué información, encontré el libro y lo leí.
Y así fue cómo conocí este libro.
Peter (Peter a secas, no me hagan escribir el apellido que tardo die
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Burcin Ozgun
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Schlemihl’in Olaganustu Oykusu esasinda insanligin varolusundan itibaren suregelen siradan bir oyku. Arzu edilene ulasmak icin vazgecmeyi goze aldiklarin; sonrasinda vazgectiklerine karsi duyulan pismanligin “Para” ve “Golge” simgeleriyle anlatimi. Hep bildigimiz bir hikaye ve belki bir klise. Ama bu kitabi farkli kilan ve nedense hic kimsenin de uzerinde durmadigi bir baska nokta var. “Amac”.
Suursuzca zenginlige kole olmak ve en degersiz gorduklerinden vazgecmeyi basit bir bedel odemek ol
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Eduard Barbu
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece! I have no words to describe this wonderful little story. Written by Adelbert von Chamisso , poet and botanist, an intriguing character itself, "Peter Schlemihl's Miraculous Story" transforms your life's moments between readings anticipating the next reading experience.
The work is open to many interpretations but I like a psychological one that sees in the "shadow" an inseparable part of humanity. Without his shadow Peter is an outcast, somebody that no longer can live in the human
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Michael Shurtleff
This book has been a long time on my shelf. This is the second time I have read it, and now I remember why it's been so long. I love the premise and plot, but the style and dialogue is so melodramatic that it's difficult to get through. The characters are also not terribly sympathetic. We can blame the centuries since it was written, and their changes in cultural context; that knowledge still won't change a thing. There's a reason why this tale isn't very well-known.
Martin
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Louis Charles Adélaïde de Chamissot, best known as Adelbert von Chamisso, was an officer in the Prussian army and a poet, born at the ancestral seat of his family, the château of Boncourt at Ante, in Champagne, France. Driven out by the French Revolution, his parents settled in Berlin, where in 1796 young Chamisso obtained the post of page-in-waiting to the queen, and in 1798 entered a Prussian in ...more
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