The Marquise of O— and Other Stories

by Heinrich von Kleist, David Luke, Nigel Reeves

From ‘The Marquis of O–‘, in which a woman is made pregnant without her knowledge, to the vivid and inexplicable suffering portrayed in ‘The Earthquake in Chile’, his stories are those of a man swimming against the tide of the German Enlightenment, unable to believe in the idealistic humanism of his day, and who sees human nature as irrational, ambiguous andbaffling.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.93 out of 5
  • Published June 29th 1978 by Penguin Classics
  • Original Title: Erzählungen
  • ISBN: 0140443592 (ISBN13: 9780140443592)
  • Edition Language: English

From ‘The Marquis of O–‘, in which a woman is made pregnant without her knowledge, to the vivid and inexplicable suffering portrayed in ‘The Earthquake in Chile’, his stories are those of a man swimming against the tide of the German Enlightenment, unable to believe in the idealistic humanism of his day, and who sees human nature as irrational, ambiguous and baffling. It is this loss of faith, together with his vulnerability and disequilibrium, his pronounced sense of evil, his desperate challenge to established values and beliefs, that carries Kleist more forcefully than Goethe or Schiller across the gap between the eighteenth century and today.