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The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr E. T. A. Hoffmann

The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr By E. T. A. Hoffmann

The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann


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Tomcat Murr is a loveable animal who has written his own autobiography. But a printer's error causes his story to be accidentally mixed with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler. As the two versions break off, two different characters emerge from the confusion - Murr, the scholar, carouser and brawler, and the hypochondriac genius Kreisler.

The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr Summary

The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Tomcat Murr is a loveable, self-taught animal who has written his own autobiography. But a printer's error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler. 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 moody, hypochondriac genius Kreisler. 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 (1820-22) one of the funniest and strangest novels of the nineteenth century.

About E. T. A. Hoffmann

E T A Hoffmann (1776 - 1822) was born in Konigsberg and became one of the best known and influential authors of his time. He exploited the grotesque and the bizarre in a manner unmatched by any other Romantic writer.

Jeremy Adler is Professor of German at King's College London.

Anthea Bell has received many awards for her translations including the Mildred L. Batchelder Award in 1979, 1990 and 1995.

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NGR9780140446319
9780140446319
0140446311
The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann
New
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1999-04-29
384
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