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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German fantasy novels Works by E. 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.

Lebensansichten des Katers Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann

In a climate of repression, with the Prussian state cracking down on rebellious students, he wrote and published a satire on a particularly angered and powerful official. Kreisler is a young, passionate artist. But a printer’s error causes his story to be accidentally ksters and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler.

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. Among these students were many rabid anti-Semites most famously, Turnvater Jahnand the Romantic student movements were to turn into German nationalism that shaped a German people that, umrr the end of its development, committed the Shoah.

The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr – Wikipedia

This is a book that is a humorous send-off of the Bildungsroman and a serious critique of the society of its time. It did, and many high ranking officials called for severe punishment for the wayward students.

This article needs additional citations for verification. German politics lebenwansichten always more complex than some would have it. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Hoffmann worked for the Prussian state, in a commision during the crackdowns, evaluating the rebellious students. As a whole, this book is fueled katres an admirable energy.


Hoffmann must have had similar objections to the book and others that followed in its wake. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. No, Murr just starts to act and speak like a human being, at least as far as books and knowledge are concerned. So, without appropriating the voice and the language for his purposes, he does, after all, do something somewhat similar.

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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.

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 nineteenth century.

A planned third volume was never completed.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Murr, as a young cat, discovers his interest in ves, reading, writing, and his lack of bookworms of his own age creates an enormous sense of intellectual righteousness in him.

The major function of these sections, however, is the portrayal of Kreisler the artist, who is unsuccessful at pursuing his artistic vision in the philistine society around him. Instead, he opts for pastiche and parody, each of which words well describes one of its two parts.

So instead of juxtaposing two characters on the same level, Hoffmann expresses his Novalis-like criticism by including the biography of Kreisler.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. The fact that Hoffmann was not able to finish the novel deprives us of a synthesis.

Now, how do I start this? This is a postmodern masterpiece, that stops at all the right bases: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Kreisler and Murr live in the same world, they even meet at one point in the story, so they could be part of one longer narrative. This is a book like no other one and since it has been translated both into English and French, I recommend you read it.


Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. This is a fragment containing a continuous story and another fragment. More to the point: The manuscript he rips apart, is the biography of Bandmaster Kreisler, of which we only have fragments. Liebe und Eifersucht Undine. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Instead, the text shows the artist struggling to maintain his personal vision and integrity, instead of caving to the pressure like Meister did.

This was not a conflict between smart, emancipatory and well-meaning students and a repressive state denying its citizens basic rights. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Retrieved from ” https: Such a moral Novalis found unacceptable.

Lebens-Ansichten Des Katers Murr

Hoffmann, despite being one of the titans of German literature, is still in need of being discovered. Menu Skip to content. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This page was last edited on 7 Novemberat Murr will always lebeneansichten a cat, of course. Satire without heart can be hollow and poor, weak, and, at worst, mean-spirited and dull. This book is strange, it contains so much, and is, on the other hand, very light and entertaining reading.

In his asides, he says cutesie things like threatening to scratch a wayward listener but these are minor points. They will not learn, they will just acquire more books, and remember little except the bare bones katdrs.

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