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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Notify me of new posts via email. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In this, too, the novel fragment about Murr the tomcat, is different.

This article needs additional citations for verification. On the internet I have encountered people who have certainly read multiple books of history but have clearly not understood anything beyond that which fosters their own preconceptions.

It did, and many high ranking officials called for severe punishment for the wayward students. Instead, Hoffmann has separated them by more than just space. German fantasy novels Works by E. Liebe und Eifersucht Undine. Retrieved from ” https: This article about a fantasy novel is a stub.

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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. Please help improve this article by adding citations to lebensxnsichten sources. Hoffmann worked for the Prussian state, in a commision during the crackdowns, evaluating the rebellious students.

Send me comments, requests or suggestions either below or via email cf. Kreisler is a young, passionate artist.

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Lebensansichten des Katers Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Kreisler and Murr live in the same world, they even meet at one point in the story, so they could be part of one longer narrative. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Instead, he opts for pastiche lebenasnsichten parody, each of which words well describes one of its two parts.

Do take note of the ingeniousness of this. Hoffmann, also, was unafraid of angering powerful people with his satire. This article about a s novel is a stub. This is a book like no other one and since it has been translated both into English and French, I recommend you read it. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: As the two 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.

Critic Alex Ross writes of the novel, “If the phantasmagoric ‘Kater Murr’ were published tomorrow as the work of a young Brooklyn hipster, it might be hailed as a tour de force of postmodern fiction. Jeffrey Ford described the novel as a “complex, truly wild fiction” where Hoffman “pieced together the fragments of his own shattered psyche and commented on the relationship of art and artists to society. They will not learn, they will just acquire more books, and remember little except the bare bones facts.

Murr, as a young cat, discovers his interest in books, reading, writing, and his lack of bookworms of his own age creates an enormous sense of intellectual righteousness in him.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This site uses cookies. This book is strange, it contains so much, and is, on the other hand, very light and entertaining reading.


He separated them by genre as well. So instead of juxtaposing two characters on the same level, Hoffmann expresses his Novalis-like criticism by including the biography of Kreisler.

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This is a fragment containing a continuous story and another fragment. 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.

No, Murr just starts to act and speak like a human being, at least as far as books and knowledge are concerned. If you hated it, even better. The Music of Fictional Composers”. Views Read Edit View history. From the cover sleeve: Notify me of new comments via email. So, his ridicule of the philistine is also a ridicule of the goals of the Bildungsroman, and of the goals and ideas of Prussian society around him.

His autobiography, as we learn in the introduction, is written upon pieces of paper that he found. Or Tchaikovsky, whose Nutcracker is similarly based on a story by Hoffmann.

AnnSo (Switzerland)’s review of Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr

It reflected his concepts of aestheticsand predated post-modern literary techniques in its unusual structure. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your WordPress. December Learn how and when to remove this template message.