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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Parody usually implies criticism and indeed, in addition to the satiric criticism I outlined above, the Bildungsroman parody has an additional, specific target.

In this, too, the novel fragment about Murr the tomcat, is different. Instead, he opts for pastiche and parody, each of which words well describes one of its two parts. The fact that Hoffmann was not able to finish the novel deprives us of a synthesis.

Learn how your comment data is processed. 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. This is a book that is a humorous send-off of the Bildungsroman and a serious critique of the society of its time.

Liebe und Eifersucht Undine. 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.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. This article about a s novel is a stub. Hoffmann must have had similar objections to the book and others that followed in its wake.


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.

They will not learn, they will just acquire more books, and remember little except the bare bones facts. This was not a conflict between smart, emancipatory and well-meaning students and a repressive state denying its citizens basic rights. More to the point: Murr will always remain a cat, of course.

His autobiography, as we learn in the introduction, is written upon pieces of paper that he found.

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Instead, the text shows the artist struggling to maintain his personal vision and integrity, instead of caving to the pressure like Meister did. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

The author is one of those chaps who wastes 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. Notify me of new posts via email. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Lebensansichten des Katers Murr is completely reduced to satire, without the balm of generous fantasy. Jeffrey Ford described the novel as a “complex, truly wild fiction” where Hoffman “pieced together the fragments of his own shattered psyche and commented on the relationship of art and artists to society.

Or Tchaikovsky, whose Nutcracker is similarly based on a story by Hoffmann.

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

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Such a moral Novalis found unacceptable. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The manuscript he rips apart, is the biography of Bandmaster Kreisler, of which we only have fragments. So, without appropriating the voice and the language for his purposes, he does, after all, do something somewhat similar.

German fantasy novels Works by E. A planned third volume was never completed. So instead of juxtaposing two characters on the same level, Hoffmann expresses his Novalis-like criticism by including the biography of Kreisler. Hoffmann Books about cats German novels German novels s fantasy novels s fantasy novels Novels about animals Fantasy novel stubs 19th-century novel stubs.

Hoffmann appears to be marvelously aware of the pebensansichten situation, and its demands for criticism that is not manichaean. This article about a fantasy novel is a stub. But a printer’s error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler. You are commenting using your WordPress. Instead, Hoffmann has separated them by more than just space. This is a fragment containing a continuous story and another fragment.

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Hoffmann, also, was unafraid of angering powerful people with his satire. 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.

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