For Heinrich von Kleist (1777–1811) a novel consisted of the narration of an "unheard-of event", as defined by Goethe. His characters are Hamletian heroes subjected to the imponderables of fate, facing limit situations that pose existential challenges that arise from chaos. This volume brings together all of Kleist's narrative work: two short novels: Michael Kohlhaas and , and six more stories.
Michael Kohlhaas (1806), inspired by several chronicles of the 16th century, chronicles the tragic fate of a horse trafficker who, after suffering the abuse of power of a landowner and moved by a noble desire for justice, ends up fatally committing the worst atrocities. This account deeply marked the author of The Castle, Franz Kafka. The Marquise of O (1808) tells the story of a young widow who lives in a city in northern Italy with her father, a high-ranking soldier. In the midst of the...read more