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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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Murr, as a young cat, discovers his interest in books, reading, writing, and his lack of bookworms of his own fes creates an enormous sense of intellectual righteousness in him.

This was not a conflict between smart, emancipatory and well-meaning students and a repressive state denying its citizens basic rights.

This article about a fantasy novel is a stub. It reflected his concepts of aestheticsand predated post-modern mur techniques in its unusual structure. But a printer’s error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler. Hoffmann appears to murd marvelously aware of the complicated situation, and its demands for criticism that is not manichaean.

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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. From the cover sleeve: So, without appropriating the voice and the language for his purposes, he does, after all, do something somewhat similar. It did, and many high ranking officials called for severe punishment for the wayward students.


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. Instead, he opts for pastiche and parody, each of which words well describes one of its two parts. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

The story is the weakest point of the book, not even Hoffmann appears to show much interest in it, letting it plod along dully; even murders and revelation will not rivet the reader although they did entertain me passably the first time I read it. Such a moral Novalis found unacceptable. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Hoffmann Kategs about cats German novels German novels s fantasy novels s fantasy novels Novels about animals Fantasy novel stubs 19th-century novel stubs.

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

You are commenting using your Facebook account. On the internet I have encountered people who have certainly read multiple books of history but have clearly not understood anything beyond that which nurr their own preconceptions.

Murr is quite often thrown back upon his felinity, he is, although, mark me, this is a stretch, a perennial subaltern, who does not use his own voice to speak, but borrows his voice from the human culture around him.

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At the turn of the century and again in the Weimar republic, it was young ardent students who were most heavily involved in this kind of thinking, not old crusty conservatives. Liebe und Eifersucht Undine. 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, at the end of its development, committed the Shoah.

In this, too, the novel fragment about Murr the tomcat, is different. Hoffmann, also, was unafraid of angering powerful people with his satire. His autobiography, as we learn in the introduction, is written upon pieces of paper that he found. Lebensansichten des Katers Murr is completely reduced to satire, without the balm of generous fantasy.


Notify me of new comments via email. 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. So instead of juxtaposing two characters on the same level, Hoffmann expresses his Novalis-like criticism by including the biography of Kreisler. Notify me of new posts via email.

This is a book like no other one and since it has been translated both into English and French, I recommend you read it. Satire without heart can be hollow and poor, weak, and, at worst, mean-spirited and dull. They will not learn, they will just acquire more books, and remember little except the bare bones facts. And here is a second thing. Retrieved from ” https: The Music of Fictional Composers”. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: German politics are always more complex than some would have it.

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This is a postmodern masterpiece, that stops at all the right bases: As a whole, this book is fueled by lebensansichren admirable energy. Email Print Facebook Twitter Google. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Instead, Hoffmann has separated them by more than just space.