The Ghost-seer (Hesperus Classics)

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Friedrich von Schiller’s only novel, The Ghost-seer is an experimental, deliberately fragmentary work. Thrillingly held together by its dramatic plot and lavish, operatic setting, it is a multi-layered fiction of deceptive simplicity. For a rich young prince and his loyal companion, Venice promises nothing but unfettered pleasure?until they encounter a mysterious masked Armenian who delivers them a strange prophecy. And when his words prove true, this enigmatic figure develops a deeply sinister influence over them, drawing them into darker forms of ?magic.” As the narrative progresses, it become increasingly unclear whether the apparitions the prince sees are the manifestations of a troubled spirit world or simply an elaborate hoax. Friedrich von Schiller is one of the leading figures of 18th-century German literature, most famous for his dramatic works The Robbers, Mary Stuart, and William Tell.

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Karl Kraus is the ultimate Viennese Jahrhundertwende personality, and Zohn has brilliantly placed him in the environment of Central Europe and its intellectual battles... The focus is on the confrontations with his enemies. Excellent bibliographical materials in English and German. CHOICEZohn's examination of Kraus scholarship succeeds admirably. MONATSHEFTE Provides many insights that even the Kraus expert will appreciate. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW Commanding erudition, considerable critical insight... GERMAN QUARTERLY

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With the help of his lavish and atmospheric Venetian location, Schiller elaborates the mystery of a masked Armenian and his ghost-seer accomplice, who appear to be leading a rich young German Count to his death. All is not what it seems - and like the apparitionist it debunks, the narration plays with metaphorical mirrors and narrative smokescreens. When the Count falls in love with a beautiful, anonymous woman, his companions suspect he is being duped for political ends. They, like the reader, must unpick the true meaning of the conundrum from a delicate balance of motive and theme.

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