Faust

Faust

Part One

Book - 1998
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The legend of Faust grew up in the sixteenth century, a time of transition between medieval and modern culture in Germany. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) adopted the story of the wandering conjuror who accepts Mephistopheles's offer of a pact, selling his soul for the devil's greaterknowledge; over a period of 60 years he produced one of the greatest dramatic and poetic masterpieces of European literature.David Luke's recent translation, specially commissioned for The World's Classics series, has all the virtues of previous classic translations of Faust, and none of their shortcomings. Cast in rhymed verse, following the original, it preserves the essence of Goethe's meaning without sacrifice toarchaism or over-modern idiom. It is as near an `equivalent' rendering of the German as has been achieved.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780199536214
019953621X
Branch Call Number: 832.6 Goethe
Characteristics: lxiv, 176 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Luke, David 1921-
Alternative Title: Faust. 1. Theil

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theorbys Jan 30, 2015

Not a review of the translation or Part 2 but of Faust Part 1.
It hardly seems like a tragedy, just an ugly, ugly, story about a man who, soon after his pact with Mephistopheles and drinking a youth elixir, falls in lust with the first teenage girl he sees and spouting love, but without and iota of concern for her well being, DESTROYS her life and family. Faust is one of the key texts in the Canon of Western Literature, but this is NOT about a man in pursuit of Truth. My rating of 3 stars should be taken with a grain of salt, but I'll take Shakespeare any day. It's famous Walpurgis night scene, while having little to do with the story, is a fine piece of the dark fantastic.

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