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Henry Von Ofterdingen: A Novel by Novalis
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Henry Von Ofterdingen: A Novel (1802)

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The most important novel of the early German Romanticism. Still readable today? Yes! – if you are able to forget for a couple of hours your mobile and everything of our engineered planet. Novalis introduced the symbol « Blaue Blume » to his oeuvre, a metaphor for the pursuit of self-knowledge. This coming-of-age novel may teach us, that nobody needs the help of a guru towards the inner world. And that this world is the only real one.
  hbergander | Dec 16, 2011 |
I have been curious about Novalis for about 40 years and tried reading something of hi out of Yale library about that long ago, but never got back to it., so this is my chance
  antiquary | Oct 3, 2010 |
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De ouders lagen al te slapen, de hangklok tikte in zijn eentonige ritme, achter de klapperende ramen gierde de wind; af en toe werd de kamer verlicht door het schijnsel van de maan.
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A strange, ingenious novel, the most representative work of early German Romanticism! This extraordinary fusion of novel, fairy tale, and poem, published posthumously in 1802, is the most representative work of early German Romanticism. It reflects, in part, events in the life of its author, who is best known for his Hymns to the Night. Young Henry, a medieval poet who seeks the mysterious Blue Flower with the lovely face of the yet unknown Mathilda, sets out on a journey that is interspersed with beautiful tales and exquisite songs. Henry's "education," as he catches first glimpses of the world, is of special interest to students of philosophy as well as literature, for ingeniously involved in literary form is the crux of Fichte's mysticism. Novalis, like Rouseeau, makes an interesting contribution to the "supreme realism" that transcends the ordinary. Henry von Ofterdingen is an important landmark in the history of literature and the most distinguished work of its brilliant and tragic author.

Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Goethe, Gotz von Berlichingen: A Play (ISBN 9780881335415); Hauptmann, Three Plays [The Weavers, Hannele, and The Beaver Coat] (ISBN 9780881335408); and Plenzdorf, The New Sufferings of Young W. (ISBN 9780881338911).

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