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Goethe : die Kunst des Lebens ; Biographie (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2013)

av Rüdiger [Verfasser] Safranski

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The work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has reverberated through two and a half centuries, altering the course of literature in ways both grand and intimate. No other writer so completely captivated the intellectual life of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe, putting into language the anxieties and ambitions of a civilization on the cusp of modernity. A literary celebrity by the age of twenty-five, Goethe, who was born in Frankfurt in 1749, attracted the adulation and respect of the greatest scientists, politicians, composers, and philosophers of his day. Schoolboys dressed like his fictional characters. Napoleon read his first novel obsessively. He was an astoundingly prolific writer, a master of many genres, from poetry to scientific treatises, from novels like the tragic Sorrows of Young Werther to dramatic works like Faust. Indeed, Goethe's unparalleled literary output would come to define the Romantic age.Rüdiger Safranski's Goethe: Life as a Work of Art is the first definitive biography in a generation to tell the larger-than-life story of the writer considered to be the Shakespeare of German literature. Drawing upon the trove of letters, diaries, and notebooks Goethe left behind, as well as correspondence and criticism from Goethe's contemporaries, Safranski weaves a rich tale of Europe in the throes of revolution and of the man whose ideas heralded a new era.Safranski's monumental biography is a careful survey of Goethe's wide-ranging genius. Beyond his incredible literary gifts, Goethe was intensely interested in natural science and took seriously his official post as a statesman, working tirelessly to ensure that the working poor received wages and daily bread. With grace and nuance, Safranski crafts a portrait of Goethe's inner life that illuminates both his written work and the turmoil and triumphs of his era. Safranski shows that reading Goethe affords not simply an encounter with a literary virtuoso but an opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation of the human condition.Goethe was writing in the midst of a dramatic and bloody time for Europe: the revolutions in France and America overturned the old regimes and introduced new ways of thinking about the world. Set against this backdrop, Goethe's life and work serve as an essential touchstone for the birth of the modern age. But as Safranski ultimately shows, Goethe's greatest creation was not only his literary masterpieces but his very life.… (mer)
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Titel:Goethe : die Kunst des Lebens ; Biographie
Författare:Rüdiger [Verfasser] Safranski
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Solid, rather than excellent, but Safranski has a moderate enough tone that it's possible to enter the book quite skeptical about Goethe (as I did), and to exit it being still quite skeptical, but much better informed. I read this more or less at the same time as Mann's 'Joseph' novels, and it's hard to think that Mann didn't base the character of Joseph--luminously irritating--on Goethe as Safranski paints him.
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  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) wordt alom beschouwd als een van de grootste Duitse literaire personen: dichter, roman- en toneelschrijver, criticus, jurist, wetenschapper en politicus. Misschien wel de laatste homo universalis, even klassiek als Shakespeare en Dante. Goethe. Kunstwerk van het leven is niet de eerste biografie van Goethe maar het is zeker de meest gezaghebbende. Rüdiger Safranski is een van de grootste biografen van onze tijd en zijn ongeëvenaarde kennis van en fascinatie met zijn onderwerp zijn al gebleken uit zijn beroemde biografie van Schiller en zijn portret van de vriendschap tussen Schiller en Goethe. Hij baseert zich zo veel mogelijk op de primaire bronnen: het werk zelf, brieven en dagboeken, getuigenissen van tijdgenoten. Het uitzonderlijk rijke leven van Goethe wordt door Safranski op magistrale wijze verbeeld.
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Met de ondertitel van deze prachtige biografie benadrukt Safranski dat Goethe niet alleen een groot schrijver, wetenschapper en diplomaat was, maar ook een meester in levenskunst. Diens nieuwsgierigheid, waardoor hij op zoveel terreinen kon uitblinken, etaleerde hij ook in het dagelijks leven en in de omgang met tijdgenoten. Safranski baseerde zich uitsluitend op primaire bronnen: brieven, geschriften en werken van Goethe zelf en van tijdgenoten. Hij toont zich een groot bewonderaar, maar benadert hem kritisch. Safranski schrijft bovendien boeiend, pregnant en helder. Naast de biografie bevat het boek scherpzinnige analyses van Goethe’s toneelwerken, romans en wetenschappelijke publicaties. Bijzonder aangenaam is dat Safranski citaten van Goethe cursiveert en die van anderen tussen aanhalingstekens plaatst. Dat bevordert voor de lezer het tempo en neemt hem gemakkelijk mee in Goethes gedachtewereld. Alle citaten zijn in het Nederlands en berijmd als het origineel dat ook is. Het boek bevat een kroniek en een register. Een klein gemis is het ontbreken van illustraties.
1 rösta aitastaes | Jun 5, 2017 |
Safranski is an old hand at writing biographies about great Germans and this book about Goethe is a joy to read. The author's main interest are Goethe's work and his relations with his peers. His copious affairs and travels are reported rather quickly if at all. Safranski is also keen in presenting the not so attractive side of Goethe as a bully, such as when he nailed the (bad) work of a colleague to a tree. A petty and mean public "crucification" of a minor writer by the bullying shooting star of German literature. Goethe always cared about his personal power and glory - quite a contrast to the idealistic Schiller. No wonder Goethe admired Napoleon greatly. One ghastly episode has Goethe fondling the skull of Schiller who died much too young.

As Safranski isn't a young man himself, Goethe as an old man is a major focus of the biography. His ailing and decline are quite drastically told. No "more light" but intense pain and a ghastly struggle at the end when Death finally defeated the near immortal Goethe who outlived his much younger wife, his son, his duke and almost anyone else. Born in 1749, Goethe lived to 1832 - through the style periods of baroque/rococo, the classic era and Biedermeier. Safranski's presentation of many of Goethe's lesser works shows that he was at his best when some personal crisis triggered deeper involvement in a work whereas he churned out many now justly almost forgotten works over the years in regular production mode. ( )
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The work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has reverberated through two and a half centuries, altering the course of literature in ways both grand and intimate. No other writer so completely captivated the intellectual life of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe, putting into language the anxieties and ambitions of a civilization on the cusp of modernity. A literary celebrity by the age of twenty-five, Goethe, who was born in Frankfurt in 1749, attracted the adulation and respect of the greatest scientists, politicians, composers, and philosophers of his day. Schoolboys dressed like his fictional characters. Napoleon read his first novel obsessively. He was an astoundingly prolific writer, a master of many genres, from poetry to scientific treatises, from novels like the tragic Sorrows of Young Werther to dramatic works like Faust. Indeed, Goethe's unparalleled literary output would come to define the Romantic age.Rüdiger Safranski's Goethe: Life as a Work of Art is the first definitive biography in a generation to tell the larger-than-life story of the writer considered to be the Shakespeare of German literature. Drawing upon the trove of letters, diaries, and notebooks Goethe left behind, as well as correspondence and criticism from Goethe's contemporaries, Safranski weaves a rich tale of Europe in the throes of revolution and of the man whose ideas heralded a new era.Safranski's monumental biography is a careful survey of Goethe's wide-ranging genius. Beyond his incredible literary gifts, Goethe was intensely interested in natural science and took seriously his official post as a statesman, working tirelessly to ensure that the working poor received wages and daily bread. With grace and nuance, Safranski crafts a portrait of Goethe's inner life that illuminates both his written work and the turmoil and triumphs of his era. Safranski shows that reading Goethe affords not simply an encounter with a literary virtuoso but an opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation of the human condition.Goethe was writing in the midst of a dramatic and bloody time for Europe: the revolutions in France and America overturned the old regimes and introduced new ways of thinking about the world. Set against this backdrop, Goethe's life and work serve as an essential touchstone for the birth of the modern age. But as Safranski ultimately shows, Goethe's greatest creation was not only his literary masterpieces but his very life.

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