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To ask other readers questions about Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichteplease sign up. Yet when the devil wants to return his shadow to him in exchange for his soul, Schlemihl, as the friend of God, rejects wundeersame proposal and throws away the bottomless wallet besides. He was, he xchlemihls, to all, an outsider; and the shadowless man, Peter Schlemihl, the unfortunate fool who sells his shadow to the grey wundersme in exchange for a bottomless purse, comes to represent himself: This lack of geographical bearing reflects the protagonist’s feeling of being lost.

On the heels of Faust, I was hoping schlemihhls something a little Still wiser men than this simpleton have grappled with the loathsome stranger who used a man’s shadow as a stepping stone to perdition; his ultimate ultimate goal was, of ocurse, Peter’s fragile soul.

How the devil appears to the character under the image of an innocent, old man who is able to do unseen tricks. Trivia About Peter Schlemihls All in all, the story basically turns around the concept of SHADOW which refers on one hand, in a Neoplatonic way, to the spirit the conscience and on the other hand, in a Christian way, to the soul itself feelings.

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Quotes from Peter Schlemihls Don’t buy this cheap-ass edition. Die Vorrede von Jul. Peter Schlemhil rifiuta e se ne va.

He tried to do good and help people and he even falls in love, but he’s rejected and lives in darkness because of the fear of appearing in the sun and be judged. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But most of all, the theme. The one thing he can not Buy and therefore should never consider Selling is unconditional acceptance by his fellow humans.


These writers would not speak as Wortsman has them speak. Of course, the fact that the story refuses a single, victorious interpretation is an important reason for its durability.

I am not a fan of Peter Wortsman either any longer as I feel he takes too many liberties in his translations. IMO, this is all about difference.

Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte by Adelbert von Chamisso

Return to Book Page. Ai piedi gli stivali delle sette leghe, in mano le pantofole freno. In his haste he fails to grasp that he is making a deal with the devil. The woman he loves rejects him, and he himself becomes involved in guilt. Young Peter Schlemiel, marveling at the prodigal purse of a gray stranger he meets at a millionaire’s party, eagerly agrees to trade his shadow well–it’s nothing substantial, so why worry?

Anche se von Chamisso pare che la scrisse proprio per allietare i figli di amici che gli avevano offerto lavoro. The man in grey who buys Peter’s shadow is not identified as the Devil until almost the end though of course we knowand there is virtually no mention of God or the Christian Church.

And that’s only the beginning. Paperback96 pages. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this novella. The devil pursues him but when Schlemihl throws away the bag with infinite wealth the devil abandons his pursuit.

He is dazzling by the milieu that he wishes to enter. And the lost shadow becomes the perfect image for the author’s rootlessness as a young man, as a Frenchman exiled to Germany, a soldier with the soul of a pacifist, and a scientific thinker among multitudes ruled by superstition and blind faith. There are some wonderful themes in this little book – homelessness and exile, love and loss, youth and old age.

He travels to a new city where he intends to start his career. View all 4 comments. Driven out by the French Revolution, his parents settled in Berlin, where in young Chamisso obtained the post of page-in-waiting to the queen, and in entered a Prussian infantry regiment as ensign.


And let’s throw Theophilus of Adana into the bargain too. The winged sandals became Perrault’s seven-league boots, Hades’ invisibility helmet became Alberich’s Tarnkappe, and the kibisis became the magical satchel in Lafontaine. Schlemihl meets again with the Devil who offers him a second deal; he can have his shadow back but he must sign his soul over the devil.

Peter Schlemihl First edition frontispiece. However, Schlemihl cannot show himself in daylight as pe Peter Schlemihl is a young man at the beginning of the tale.

Peter Schlemihl’s wundersame Geschichte by Adelbert von Chamisso

The novella is written in a romantic style, wunderaame an additional element of fantasy at the end. He seeks refuge in nature and travels around the world in scientific exploration, with the aid of seven-league boots.

This, the most famous of all his works, has been translated into most European languages English by William Howitt. Published January 28th by Philipp Reclam jun. There he meets the equivalent of Polydectes, a filthy rich merchant named Thomas John. The shadow is a projection of the soul in the physical world, so if the devil takes the soul, the development in the physical world is stopped. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Chamisso also adds a lot of humor to his book for the reader, not necessarily for his characters. The woman he loves marries another man, he leaves his never-ending fortune behind to his most humble servant, Bendel and he starts wandering the world, contemplating the nature and he sends the devil away and throws in a gulch the last gold pennies he had, thus breaking the bond with the devil.