The only text of his that is still widely read and that is not a horror story is this one, the Lebensansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Hoffmann wurde am in Königsberg geboren. Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer Biografie des Kapellmeisters Johannes Kreisler in zufälligen Makulaturblättern ist ein satirischer.

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Instead, the text shows the artist struggling to maintain his personal vision and integrity, instead of caving to the pressure like Meister did. As the kates versions break off and alternate at dramatic moments, two wildly different characters emerge from the confusion – Murr, the confident scholar, lover, carouser and brawler, and the moody, hypochondriac genius Kreisler. On the internet I have encountered people who have certainly read multiple lebenansichten of history but have clearly not understood anything beyond that which fosters their own preconceptions.

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In his asides, he says cutesie things like threatening to scratch a wayward listener but these are minor points. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Hoffmann appears to be marvelously aware of the complicated situation, and its demands for criticism that is not manichaean. The manuscript he rips apart, is the biography of Bandmaster Kreisler, of which we only have fragments. They will not learn, they will just acquire more books, and remember little except the bare bones facts.

Menu Skip to content. It did, and many high ranking officials called for severe punishment for the wayward students. The story is the weakest point of the book, not even Hoffmann appears to show much interest in it, letting it plod along dully; even murders and revelation will not rivet the reader although they did entertain me passably the first time I read it. Such a moral Novalis found unacceptable.

In his exuberant and bizarre novel, Hoffmann brilliantly evokes the fantastic, the ridiculous and the sublime within the humdrum bustle of daily life, making The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr —22 one of the funniest and strangest novels of the nineteenth century.


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Notify me of new posts via email. So, without appropriating the voice and the language for his purposes, he does, after all, do something somewhat similar.

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This is a book like no other one and since it has been translated both into English and French, I recommend you read it. But a printer’s error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler.

And here is a second thing. At the heart of a work of satire there ses to be a kernel of commitment, a core belief in something, in order for it to work, to be convincing as criticism and a work of art.

Hoffmann must have had similar objections to the book and others that followed in its wake. Now, how do I start this? Hoffmann, despite being one of the titans of German literature, is still in need of being discovered. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Parody usually implies criticism and indeed, in addition to the satiric criticism I outlined above, the Bildungsroman parody has an additional, specific target.

Notify me of new comments via email. Email Print Facebook Twitter Google. Kreisler is a young, passionate artist. Murr is quite often thrown back upon his felinity, he is, although, lebensansicnten me, this is a stretch, a perennial subaltern, who does not use his own voice to speak, but borrows his voice from the human culture around him.

Lebens-Ansichten Des Katers Murr

In this, too, the novel fragment about Murr the tomcat, is different. This is a fragment containing a continuous story and another fragment. Send me comments, requests or suggestions either below or via email cf. This book is strange, it contains so much, and is, on the other hand, very light and entertaining reading.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to lebensansiichten in: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Lebensansichten des Katers Murr is completely reduced to satire, without the lebenssansichten of generous fantasy.

This article about a fantasy novel is a stub. No, Murr just starts to act and speak like a human being, at least as far as books and knowledge are concerned. The fact that Hoffmann was not able to finish the novel deprives us of a synthesis.

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The author is one of those chaps who wastes nothing, every image serves multiple purposes, every plot strand has significance katerw several ways; the downside to this is that, for a story about a cat, this book is strangely cold and aloof, much like the cat that narrates a good deal of it.

Satire without heart can be hollow and poor, weak, and, at worst, mean-spirited and dull. It reflected his concepts of aestheticsand predated post-modern literary techniques in its unusual structure.

This page was last edited on 7 Novemberat Instead, he opts for pastiche and parody, each of which words well describes one of its two parts. Dead at 48, he has produced an outstanding body of work, most of it short stories and novellas, with Lebensansichten des Katers Murr as the only longer exception.

Critic Alex Ross writes of the novel, “If the phantasmagoric ‘Kater Murr’ were published tomorrow as lebensansichteen work of a young Brooklyn hipster, it might be hailed as a tour de force of postmodern fiction.

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