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Elective Affinities By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Charlotte and Eduard, aristocrats with little to occupy them, invite Ottilie and the Captain into their lives and are overwhelmed by what ensues. Goethe conducts experiments with his characters - in such repressive circumstances is any life worthy the name possible?

Elective Affinities Summary

Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe conducts an experiment with the lives of people who are living badly. Charlotte and Eduard, aristocrats with little to occupy them, invite Ottilie and the Captain into their lives - against morality, good sense and conscious volition all four are drawn into relationships as inexorably as if they were substances in a chemical equation. The novel asks whether there is free will or not. More disturbingly, it confronts its characters with the monstrous consequences of their repression of any real life in themselves. It seems that they are sunk so far in convention, fear and unnaturalness that a real life, or even the beginnings of one, must appear to them as something terrible and destructive. Goethe wrote "Elective Affinities" when he was 60 and long established as Germany's literary giant. He remained an uneasy and scandalous figure. David Constantine is the translator of Holderlein's "Selected Poems".

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GOR002431003
9780192828613
0192828614
Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1994-07-01
269
N/A
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