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Peter Schlemihl - An Allegorical Journey Through Identity Morality and Faustian Bargains in Romantic German Literature - cover

Peter Schlemihl - An Allegorical Journey Through Identity Morality and Faustian Bargains in Romantic German Literature

Adelbert von Chamisso

Publisher: Good Press

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Summary

Adelbert von Chamisso's 'Peter Schlemihl' is a captivating novella that delves into themes of identity, morality, and the consequences of making Faustian bargains. Written in the Romantic era, the book is characterized by its lyrical prose and fantastical elements, making it a blend of both allegory and fairy tale. The story follows the protagonist, Peter Schlemihl, who unwittingly sells his shadow to the devil in exchange for a bottomless wallet, only to face the repercussions of his choice. This classic work explores the complexities of human nature and the desire for material wealth at the expense of one's soul. Von Chamisso's intricate storytelling and rich symbolism make 'Peter Schlemihl' a thought-provoking read for lovers of German Romantic literature. Adelbert von Chamisso, a German poet, and botanist, drew inspiration for the novella from his own experiences as an exile and outsider, reflecting his personal struggles and philosophical inquiries. His unique background adds depth to the narrative, making it a timeless exploration of human folly and redemption. I highly recommend 'Peter Schlemihl' to readers who enjoy philosophical fiction intertwined with elements of magical realism, offering a poignant reflection on the human condition.
Available since: 11/22/2019.
Print length: 88 pages.

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