Michael Kohlhaas will make you mad. In this book, Heinrich von Kleist tells the story of a person who challenges the nobility and the system in the face of injustices. You will be furious because as you read the man’s experiences, you will see that what happened is unfortunately very familiar to us.
Michael Kohlhaas complains when a Saxon nobleman confiscates two of his horses and beats his butler. He realises that he won’t have justice, and when he loses his wife badly during the search for justice, he swears to ensure his own. All he wants to do from now on is to find that spoiled nobleman and to punish him. We’ll read now how he becomes a thug and a murderer because of injustice.
I’m sure that as the book progresses, you will feel a little bit of fire growing with revenge. I already wonder what you will feel at the end of the book that ends in one sitting. If you want to read a classic but don’t have time, this might be the perfect book for you. Enjoy!
Michael Kohlhaas has been wrong. First his finest horses were unfairly confiscate and mistreated. And things keep going worse–his servants have been beat, his wife kill, and the lawsuits he pursues are lies–but Kohlhaas, determine to find justice at all costs, tirelessly persists. Standing up against the bureaucratic machine of the empire, Kohlhaas becomes an indomitable figure that you can’t help rooting for from start to finish.
Knotty, darkly comical, magnificent in its weirdness, and one of the greatest and most influential tales in German literature, this short novel, first published in German in 1810, is now available in award-winning Michael Hofmann’s sparkling new English translation.
Heinrich Von Kleist
Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, short story writer and so journalist.
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