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Goethe's Faust: Part One and Sections from Part Two

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Walter Kaufmann (Editor)

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If you like Symphonic metal music, I suggest looking up a band called Kamelot, and get the Black Halo album.. which is not-so-loosely based on this story... just rips your heart to shreds, just like the book, both in the good and bad way... love love love it ( )
  Lisaandrea12 | Jan 24, 2016 |
Do most people even know the second act exists? That changes everything. Also the Germans get to call him Mephistopheles, which is way better than Mephisto. Someday I'll read the left side of this book, I swear. ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
Very enjoyable book. Mephistopheles is a very interest character and represents the devil very well. The lies are weaved wonderfully. As he enacts the deception on Faust. The flow in a poetic style make the book very fascinating and added to the flavor of Mephistopheles. ( )
  josmith16 | May 27, 2015 |
There have been many writings of the Faust story; in this one, Goethe tries his hand at the fable. Faust sells his soul to the devil in return for some rather nebulous gains. The story is told in poetry rather than prose, and some of the poetry is a bit dense. There is also a lot more than is needed to tell the story, making this particular play impossible to present in this form on a modern American stage (of course, it might still work in Germany, where they don't have the same expectations). This translation includes the German original side by side with the translation; although I am not able to read German, it is interesting to see it in its original form, and for German readers, that gives them the ability to check the translation and see if they agree. The ending veered very close to a universalist view of heaven and hell; probably not too surprising from a freethinker like Goethe who tended to some rather heterodox opinions. ( )
  Devil_llama | Dec 23, 2013 |
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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To Frieda and Eva Wunderlich in gratitude
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Again you show yourselves, you wavering Forms,

Revealed, as you once were, to clouded vision.
Introduction:  Goethe is generally recognized as the greatest German of all time, and Faust as his most important single work.
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This is a bilingual edition (german - english) edited by Walter Kaufman, and contains part 1 and selections of part 2. Please do not combine with other editions.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385031149, Paperback)

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two.

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This work is the most famous play in all German literature. It was published in two parts. Part 1 is very dramatic and tells the main story. Part 2 is extremely long and it is meant to be read rather than acted out on stage. It is about Goethe's philosophy as well as about history and politics. This play is a retelling of the Faust legend which was very famous in Germany. The legend tells of a man called Faust who is tired of studying and wants to have the greatest possible happiness. The devil (usually called Mephistopheles, as he is in Goethe's play) tells Faust he can help him to do this, but that in the end Faust will have to give him his soul and go with him to hell. Faust makes a pact (an agreement) with Mephistopheles who promises him all his soul can wish for -- fine living, gold, women and honor. Faust signs the pact with his blood. Faust uses magic in the hope that it will tell him everything about life. However, in the end Mephistopheles wins his bet.… (more)

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