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Goethe’s Faust reworks the late medieval myth of a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract with Mephistopheles. The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seeks to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last forever. But if Faust does bid the moment stay, he falls to Mephisto and must serve him after death. In this first pa ...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published January 31st 1998 by Anchor Books (first published 1832)
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Ken It is a play. However, it is a "closet drama", meaning that it is meant to be read rather than performed.

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It is a play. However, it is a "closet drama", meaning that it is meant to be read rather than performed.

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Roy Lotz
Hey Professor, I could use a hand,
I just read a play I didn’t understand.

And what was this play, pray?

Faust, the one you assigned the other day.
I simply can’t wrap my mind around it;
I read it carefully, but I am left confounded.

I have, alas, studied philosophy,
Literature, history, and poetry.
I have some time that I can set aside;
So I will do my best to be your guide.

Gosh, thanks! So where should I start?
I suppose at the most conspicuous part:
The langua
Ahmad Sharabiani
Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Faust is a tragic play in two parts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 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.

عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «فاوست»؛ «تراژدی فاوست و زندگینامه یوهان ولفگانگ فن گوته»؛ نویسنده: گوته؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش:
Ahmad Sharabiani
Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.

عنوانها: «فاوست»؛ «تراژدی فاوست و زندگینامه یوهان ولفگانگ فن گوته»؛ نویسنده: گوته؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه آوریل سال 1991می
Brett C
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tragedy
This is a re-read for me since I read excerpts of the first act back in school. I enjoyed reading this and enjoyed the Walter Kaufmann translation. The concept of the devil, witchcraft, selling one's sole, and the downward spiral that follows such an ordeal has always intrigued me.

Faust was an intelligent young scholar who sought to know as much as possible about general world knowledge like science and religion. One night after going for a walk he was approached by the devil, going by the name
Here I am, a speck of flesh and bones in the vast ocean of time, rating and attempting to review this timeless masterpiece of classic literature. I guess artists are doomed to be eternally judged by those to whom their work is exposed, even centuries after their time. You think Goethe even imagined that after two and a half centuries a Greek nobody would "not-talk" about his Faust in a "non-place" called internet? I know I may be getting a bit weird here but hey, I just read Faust. What did you ...more
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'

-Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Ozymandias'

Wer immer strebend sich bemüht,
Den können wir erlösen.
("Who ever strives with all his power,
We are allowed to save.")

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
In Faust, the name of the game is passion. Passion for learning, passion for love, passion for life in all its forms and facets. The deprivation of passion by the slow grind of facts and figures and hypocrisy, the boons of inherit
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tragedy is an absolute classic and simply belongs to the repertoire of well-founded literary knowledge.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without doubt, this is a Titan's Work, but at the same time it is deficient, in that it is not entirely coherent: it was written in different periodes of Goethe's life, in different styles, from different perspectives; it's intersected with rather loose comments on the culture of his time. It has a mosaic-like structure with symbolic scenes and sometimes downright spectacles full of special effects.

Of course, there is the impressive and essentially tragic figure of Faust himself, the man who suc
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf
Yep, it's actually epic fantasy. Don't let the stage actors or the music and the poetry fool you. There's demons, vast battlefields, an epic battle for one's soul with TWO WHOLE HOSTS fighting, and, of course, there's that thing about the toothpick and getting Helen of Troy pregnant.

The original is in German. There MIGHT be something in that. An interesting story. Or perhaps Goethe was one hell of a weird artist.

Actually, scratch that, he was. Like an opium dream.

Breakdown: I loved the poetry a
Chaunceton Bird
I get it, it's impressive. Any epic poem is an incredible feat of creativity and perseverance. But Lord have mercy, does anybody actually enjoy reading this?

Part I is a barely understandable tale of Faust, a former physician and current scholar, who suffers from discontent. So, he does what any one of us would do (if, of course, we were in his shoes) and sells his post-life soul to one of Satan's representatives. Eventually, Faust's actions end up causing the death of many. That much I could fo
Erik Graff
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: drama
Senior year at Grinnell College was an intellectual idyll. Days were spent studying in a private library cubicle, evenings working as a bartender at the college's pub, nights writing at my desk or reading abed. The primary bedtime books that year were the Kepler (in Latin and English), The Jerusalem Bible and Goethe's Faust. Faust was read aloud, partly because the translation was beautiful, partly because Part Two was so boring that reading it this way was necessary in order to stay awake. This ...more
Doctor Faust is an accomplished man. We admire him, we ask him for advice, we rush to his lessons. But now, Faust cannot take pleasure in the transmission, cannot flatter himself with the admiration he provokes. He wants to go towards the absolute, to frequent the world of spirits, the worlds of heaven, to know "the axiom of the sage". the world of men is a limit which he cannot tolerate. So Goethe's Faust, alchemist, theologian and scientist decides to do spiritualism sessions and to achieve hi ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I read this if only because my preconceptions of this work have been shattered. It's not loaded with philosophy, in fact there are hardly any abstruse passages. It's got a modern feel; according to Kaufmann's introduction, earlier (Victorian) translations are what made it seem not: I pictured Brecht puppets in many of the scenes. It's funny; humor runs almost throughout especially in the speech of Mephisto, who, of course, is more entertaining than Faust. The language can be colloquial ...more
Katia N
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great pleasure to read this. I have not enjoyed the work of classic as much since I've read The Divine Comedy earlier this year. The part of it might be because I've read it in Russian translation by wonderful Boris Pasternak, the poet and the Noble Prize winner for Doctor Zhivago. The poetry of the translation is exceptional.

I did not know that Faust was historical figure and he was the part of the German folklore for a long time before Goethe and his friends from the "Sturm und Drang"
Gabrielle Dubois
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 19th-century
I read Faust by Goethe, translated in French by Gérard de Nerval for two reasons:
The first is that when the young Gerard translated Faust, at the age of 19, in 1827, Goethe wrote to him a letter in which he said:
"I have never understood myself so well as by reading you!"
So, if Goethe better understood under the wonderful pen of Nerval, why would it be different from me?
The second reason is that I cannot read in German, obwohl ich ein wenig Deutsch spreche, lese und schreibe! 😊
And God! Goethe was
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-plays
The first thing I have to mention before starting this review is that I had to punch in the edition information. In my experience I’ve only had to do that when working with a forgery, or a book that predates universal numbering.

This particular copy of Faust is neither, but rather a limited edition production of the “I’m too special to own paperbacks” sort of book from the Franklin Mint. It features gilded pages (possibly produced by a can of spray paint), a leather (or leather like) binding, a b
What does this all mean?

I have not been able to get this book out of my head. I very much like books such as Monte Cristo and Notre-Dame, but what good is it if they're forgotten the next instant? I often notice that (I am not French, so I will not condense this into a pretty aphorism that negates itself, useful as that often is in impressing the layman) for a lack of profundity in my day-to-day life I often try to attach unasked-for importance to the books I read, now by far my most cherished a
Michael Finocchiaro
I love the Faust myth by Goethe. It has engendered hundreds of imitations in literature (my favorite being Thomas Mann's Dr Faustus) and opera (Busoni's is the craziest, Gounod's probably the loudest) and movies (well, too many to even name). I have read various English translations and never been able to read the original German much to my regret. Nonetheless, it is an essential read. ...more
This is a review of the Walter Arndt translation in the Norton Critical Edition.

This was a challenge, both in making myself tackle Part 2 as well as Part 1, and in choosing the most difficult of the translations that I have collected over the years. But this translation tries to hew as closely as possible to Goethe’s range of meters and rhyme, and I think diction, which I hope conveys Goethe’s art most closely. At the same time, the resulting English does not read easily, which means that I prob
Sep 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

part 2 proves that Goethe is a crackhead. it's a bit too positive for me. justice for Mephisto
Title: Faust

Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Illustrator: Eugène Delacroix

Translator: Albert Stapfer

Release Date: February 19, 2017 [EBook #54202]

Language: French

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Biblio Curious
What a fun read!!! I went into it expecting poetry and denseness.... Instead it's a great romp with an imp and a poet. I can see why it inspired so many retellings! Sheer fun and tonnes of jokes for us layfolk to chew on.

My super fun review, if it doesn't charge you up to read it... then you just might need a bit more Faust in your life (which is a compliment)
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in earth’s fleeting state
As symbol showeth;
Here, the inadequate
To fullness groweth;
Here is wrought the ineffable,
Through heavenly love;
The Ever-Womanly
Draws us above.

Salvador Dali Faust

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe brought together allegory, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create his epic play Faust Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe .

A very brief synopsis is: Faust, a learned gentleman, is burned out and seeks more in life. He feels like something is missing in his life, so he makes a deal with the devil to sell his so
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten just how incredible this book is... and how absolutely gorgeous the prose and verse are...

I found myself writing lines down to try and memorize...

Like this:

“When Nature's hand, in endless iteration,
The thread across the whizzing spindle flings,”

Gotta love Goethe.
The Dedication opens with a proclamation of radical absence: “what I possess seems far away from me, / And what is gone becomes reality” (ll. 31-32).

The Prelude puts a finer point on this absence, voicing several positions simultaneously on class struggle in “the surging rabble [das wogende gedrange]” (61) vs. “give reign to many-throated fantasy [lasst phantasie mit allen ihren choren]” (86) and “something for all classes” (98) vs. “do not forget for whom you write” (111). The absent masses, an
Manuel Antão
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

To Plug the Mighty Hole Withal: "Faust - First Part" by Goethe

(original review, 2004)

I’m planning on spending a few weeks on Goethe’s Faust in multiple translations and as much of the German as I can manage, supplemented by hundreds of pages of notes and commentary.

I first read the book while in high school in the totally un-annotated Bayard Taylor translation from Modern Library – one of the texts I’m currently reading. I’m still pret
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dnf @ p. 40.

it's not personal (maybe it is), but my homework from this play is for the 24th and i have 7 more homeworks, so, this is a big no from me, sorry.

i'm gonna be honest: i didn't understand many things of this play. a friend (who is a very religious and cool person) told me that this is some sort of like job story, yeah, the dude from the bible. so i'm gonna research more about him and watch tons of videos of faust because the lack of time (and my lack of will to read this properly) is s
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A man strikes a deal with the devil and a story unfolds. I read an English translation, and in one hand I found the language used compelling, almost musically and beautiful. But I'm not used to reading text like this and I feel, that while I did enjoy it a lot, I couldn't fully grasp the whole story. I think it would be best reading either in class or buddy read/book club as I think this is a perfect text to pic apart and discuss and by that maybe understand it better. This is probably a work I' ...more
Khashayar Mohammadi
Goethe's Faust is as impressive as Walter Kaufman's masterful translation. ...more
This weird, beautiful, complicated play was the work of Goethe's entire life; he wrote it over 60 years, and I doubt he was done when he died. Part II was published posthumously in 1832; it had his, uh, prehumous approval, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't have been happy to spend another ten years tweaking it. To call it an exploration of the Faust myth seems almost like an insult; it's more the distillation of everything he knew and believed, framed loosely by Faust. (And I do mean loosely.)

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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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