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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He separated them by genre as well. But a printer’s error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler. So instead of juxtaposing two characters on the same level, Hoffmann expresses his Novalis-like criticism by including the biography of Kreisler.

At the turn of the century and again in the Weimar republic, it was young ardent students who were most heavily involved in this kind of thinking, not old crusty conservatives.

More to the point: Hoffmann Books about cats German novels German novels s fantasy novels s fantasy novels Novels about animals Fantasy novel stubs 19th-century novel stubs. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Or Tchaikovsky, whose Nutcracker is similarly based on a story by Hoffmann. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Notify me of new posts via email.

From the cover sleeve: This book is strange, it contains so much, and is, on the other hand, very light and entertaining reading. Such lebensahsichten moral Novalis found unacceptable.


The manuscript he rips apart, is the biography of Bandmaster Kreisler, of which we only have kates. This is a book that is a humorous send-off of the Bildungsroman and a serious critique of the society of its time.

AnnSo (Switzerland)’s review of Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr

They will not learn, they will just acquire more books, and remember little lbensansichten the bare bones facts. At the heart of a work of satire there needs to be a kernel of commitment, a core belief in something, in order for it to work, to be convincing as criticism and a work of art.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. This site uses cookies. No, Murr just starts to act and speak like a human being, at least as far as books and knowledge are concerned.

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Parody usually implies criticism and indeed, in addition lebwnsansichten the satiric criticism I outlined above, the Bildungsroman parody has an additional, specific target. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Send me comments, requests or suggestions either below or via email cf. Learn how your comment data is processed. Murr will always remain a cat, of course. Hoffmann must have had similar objections to the book and others that followed in its wake.

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Lebensansichten des Katers Murr is completely reduced to satire, without the balm of generous fantasy. On the internet I have encountered people who have certainly read multiple books of history but have clearly not understood anything beyond that which fosters their own preconceptions.

The story is the weakest point of the book, not even Hoffmann appears to show much interest in it, letting it plod along dully; even murders and revelation will not rivet the reader although they did entertain me passably the first time I read it.


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The major function of these sections, however, is the ktaers of Kreisler the artist, who is unsuccessful at pursuing his artistic vision in the philistine society around him. 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. 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.

Now, how do I start this? So, his ridicule of the philistine is also a ridicule of the goals of the Bildungsroman, katerd of the goals ,aters ideas of Prussian society around him. German fantasy novels Works by E.