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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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Hoffmann Books about cats German novels German novels s fantasy novels s fantasy novels Novels about animals Fantasy novel stubs 19th-century novel stubs. They will not learn, they will just acquire more books, and remember little except the bare bones facts. Or Tchaikovsky, whose Nutcracker is similarly based on a story by Hoffmann.

Murr is quite often thrown back upon his felinity, he is, although, mark me, this is a stretch, a perennial subaltern, who does not use his own voice to speak, but borrows his voice from the human culture around him. Email Print Facebook Twitter Google.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The fact that Hoffmann was not able to finish the novel deprives us of a synthesis. Hoffmann must have had similar objections to the book and others that followed in its wake. This is a fragment containing a continuous story and another fragment.

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Parody usually implies criticism and indeed, in addition to the satiric criticism I outlined above, the Bildungsroman parody has an additional, specific target. But a printer’s error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler.

kwters His autobiography, as we learn in the introduction, is written upon pieces of paper that he found. This site uses cookies. This is a postmodern masterpiece, that stops at all the right bases: This was not a conflict between smart, emancipatory and well-meaning students and a repressive state denying its citizens basic rights. This page was last edited on 7 Novemberat And here is a second thing.


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 dss century.

This article about a s novel is a stub. Email required Address never made public. 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.

On the internet I have encountered people who have certainly read multiple books of history lebenaansichten have clearly not understood anything beyond that which fosters kaers own preconceptions.

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From the cover sleeve: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre was largely adulated when it came out but it had also a couple of rather vehement enemies, among them Friedrich von Hardenberg, better known as Novalis, who wrote his only novel, Heinrich von Ofterdingenas a response to Wilhelm Meister. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. The author is one of those chaps who lebensansjchten nothing, every image serves multiple purposes, every plot strand has significance in several ways; the downside to this is that, for a story about a cat, this book is strangely cold and aloof, much like the cat that narrates a good deal of it.

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 katres, hypochondriac genius Kreisler. Murr will always remain a cat, of course.


You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. 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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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. Learn how your comment data is processed. Hoffmann appears to be marvelously aware of the complicated situation, and its demands for criticism that is not manichaean. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Notify me of new comments via email. Menu Skip to content. This is elbensansichten book like no other one and since it has been translated both into English and French, I recommend you read it.

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Lebensansichten des Katers Murr is completely reduced to satire, without the balm of generous fantasy. A planned third volume was never completed. Jeffrey Ford described the novel as a “complex, truly wild fiction” where Hoffman “pieced together the fragments lebsnsansichten his own shattered psyche and commented on the relationship of art and artists to society.

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.